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Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Ana's Story.

Stephanie Mendez, 15, holds her nephew, Liam, during his one-year birthday party in Mexico, MO, on Saturday, February 16th, 2019.



Business Highway 54 goes past motels and cattle operations on its way to the city of Mexico, MO, and is seen here on February 16th, 2019.


A table is set up ahead of the one-year birthday party for Liam in the basement of his aunt's store in Mexico, MO, February 16th, 2019.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Ana's Story.

This is the first installment of Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Ana's Story, a long-term story that will be published in the News Section of the WE project's website. 
It is about a the life of a Mexican-American immigrant living in a small town in the Heartland of the United States.




On a frigid Saturday morning in February, Ana, a twenty-six-year-old woman whose family came over from Mexico without immigration documentation when she was eight, is making pancakes for her partner, Victor, and their two-year-old son, Alexander Xavi, whom they call simply Xavi (pronounced SHAW-vee), before Victor goes off to work and Ana runs errands around town, as Xavi hops on a blue tricycle and barrels through the kitchen and living room, which is bare except for the kind of modern-style furniture you’d find at an Ikea store, a wooden coffee table, a light-tone fabric chair and an undersized sofa that sits under a single narrow shelf decorated with family pictures, mostly of Xavi, the only persona…