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Posted: 5/15/2024 6:11:09 PM EDT
The first time Rosa saw snowflakes falling, she thought they were pieces of cotton. "I thought I was going to choke," she told me.

Rosa, who is from Honduras, had never seen snow before, but it's become a familiar sight now that she's living in Bozeman, Montana. The city, population about 56,000, is ringed by four mountain ranges in the Northern Rockies. It took her a while, but Rosa has learned to deal with the weather. "Now I think it's very pretty," she said in Spanish. "Our kids love to play in the snow."

Rosa, who has a round, serious face and long black hair, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Hondurans who have been displaced in recent years by a variety of problems: political corruption, gang violence, economic stagnation and environmental catastrophe. In 2020, when gang members threatened to kill her, she abruptly fled the country with her youngest daughter.

Rosa's husband, Luis, had already gone to the U.S. with their older girl and found his way to Bozeman, drawn by the promise of available jobs. "I had a friend here, and he told me that this place was good for finding work," he said. (Rosa and Luis, who are both undocumented, requested that their names be withheld for their safety. The names of all the immigrants quoted in this story have been changed.)

Twenty, even 10, years ago, Bozeman   far from the U.S.-Mexico border and overwhelmingly white   would not have been an obvious destination for a Central American family. One Mexican construction worker who moved here from Colorado in the mid-2000s told me that he used to walk the aisles of the local Walmart and hear only English. That is no longer the case, he said.

Southwestern Montana is in the middle of a massive multi-year economic explosion, propelled by a surge of wealthy people, a multibillion-dollar tech industry, and, especially, a luxury real-estate market that continues to soar to new heights. In February, the median price for a house in Bozeman surpassed $1 million. The resulting demand for construction workers drew people like Luis to Bozeman. Luis, a poker-faced man with a small patch of beard, has as much work as he can handle these days: framing houses, putting up siding and roofing   the most dangerous job and his least favorite.  

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Rosa and Luis need to be deported.
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 6:30:29 PM EDT
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Californians moving in need the same kind of cheap labor they're used to having at home.
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There is some pushback I see.

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There's plenty of room for  apartment blocks near the new public safety building. BZ ain't MT.
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Originally Posted By Goosemaster:
Rosa and Luis need to be deported.
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Originally Posted By Goosemaster:
Rosa and Luis need to be deported.
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This.
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 6:39:44 PM EDT
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FPNI
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 6:56:15 PM EDT
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immigrants Illegal aliens
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Sorry if your life is too bad in Bozeman then go home, its that simple
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 7:31:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By JLPettimoreIII:
Rosa, who has a round, serious face and long black hair, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Hondurans who have been displaced in recent years by a variety of problems: political corruption, gang violence, economic stagnation and environmental catastrophe. In 2020, when gang members threatened to kill her, she abruptly fled the country with her youngest daughter.
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Why does Bozeman need to boom?
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 7:40:16 PM EDT
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Environmental catastrophe? Hogwash.
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They are illegals and need to be deported.
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Originally Posted By Goosemaster:
Rosa and Luis need to be deported.!!!
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Link Posted: 5/15/2024 8:08:52 PM EDT
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I hope they all get deported.



Link Posted: 5/15/2024 8:10:46 PM EDT
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The motherfuckers that write these articles need dealt with as well......
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 8:15:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By hugh1:
Originally Posted By Goosemaster:
Rosa and Luis need to be deported.!!!
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Don't forget their kids. We don't want to be accused of "breaking up families."
Link Posted: 5/15/2024 8:20:32 PM EDT
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Round face Rosa with long black hair
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I’m flying into Bozeman next month. I’m glad the influx of Mexicans has brought good food to the region.
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Big Sky and Yellowstone Club need someone to work there.
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What a load of crap article.  They are not immigrants.  They are invading illegals who need to go back to their country and fix it.

"A study by the South NorthNexus, a nonprofit that offers immigration legal aid in Montana, estimated that Hispanic immigrants contributed more than $300 million in economic benefits to the Bozeman-area economy in 2022."

Sure that group is unbiased and the illegals probably use many times more in taxpayer assistance.

They need to be deported since their asylum claims have no standing.  Fuck them.   Fix your own shit hole country.

Biden and Myorkas need to be charged with something like treason for allowing these third world vermin in the US.
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Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan convinced me no illegals work in Montana ranches.
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Rosa and Luis, who are both undocumented, requested that their names be withheld for their safety.
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"A study by the South NorthNexus, a nonprofit that offers immigration legal aid in Montana, estimated that Hispanic immigrants contributed more than $300 million in economic benefits to the Bozeman-area economy in 2022."

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funny, they dont dig up the dollar amount it costs to have them here. i'm betting it costs three bucks for every dollar they "contribute" to the state. deport them all to africa, let them swim home.
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The invasion is coming along nicely .
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Rosa and Luis need to be deported.
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And their employers and landlords need to be driven to bankruptcy with bad press.
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Originally Posted By wakeboarder:
Why does Bozeman need to boom?
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That's something I have been asking a lot.  Why do cities think they need to run as a for-profit business?  People live there because of the way it is. We don't need more Starbucks and Panda Express.  Seems to be the way it is everywhere.
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There I was, minding my own business, when a gang threatened me so I moved 2000 miles to Montana.
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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
What a load of crap article.  They are not immigrants.  They are invading illegals who need to go back to their country and fix it.

"A study by the South NorthNexus, a nonprofit that offers immigration legal aid in Montana, estimated that Hispanic immigrants contributed more than $300 million in economic benefits to the Bozeman-area economy in 2022."

Sure that group is unbiased and the illegals probably use many times more in taxpayer assistance.

They need to be deported since their asylum claims have no standing.  Fuck them.   Fix your own shit hole country.

Biden and Myorkas need to be charged with something like treason for allowing these third world vermin in the US.
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If they were that fucking productive, their home country wouldn't be a shit hole
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Originally Posted By mancat:
Californians moving in need the same kind of cheap labor they're used to having at home.
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This. Bozeman is for the rich socialites now and their hired help.
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Originally Posted By Goosemaster:
Rosa and Luis need to be deported.
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This, shut this shit down.
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Originally Posted By jb31:


That's something I have been asking a lot.  Why do cities think they need to run as a for-profit business?  People live there because of the way it is. We don't need more Starbucks and Panda Express.  Seems to be the way it is everywhere.
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The politicians don’t make their kickbacks or get their campaign coffers filled unless they grease the skids for business.
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Originally Posted By exponentialpi:
Big Sky and Yellowstone Club need someone to work there.
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Hire American isn’t just a slogan, it’s the law!
Link Posted: 5/16/2024 11:02:18 AM EDT
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Luis, a poker-faced man with a small patch of beard, has as much work as he can handle these days: framing houses, putting up siding and roofing   the most dangerous job and his least favorite.

Just doing the high paying construction jobs that Americans won't do.  When I was a young man living in CA, construction was a good paying occupation for young men.  They've all been pushed out by people like Luis.
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Originally Posted By eurotrash:
I'm flying into Bozeman next month. I'm glad the influx of Mexicans has brought good food to the region.
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Originally Posted By eurotrash:
I’m flying into Bozeman next month. I’m glad the influx of Mexicans has brought good food to the region.
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You could...go live in Central America...
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You could...go live in Central America...
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i've been applying for jobs in spain and new zealand.

no dice but i keep trying.
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One Mexican construction worker who moved here from Colorado in the mid-2000s told me that he used to walk the aisles of the local Walmart and hear only English.
That is no longer the case, he said.
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You could...go live in Central America...
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They have good tacos there ?
Link Posted: 5/16/2024 6:27:42 PM EDT
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This. Bozeman is for the rich socialites now and their hired help.
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I thought that was Lolo



Link Posted: 5/16/2024 6:28:29 PM EDT
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The politicians don’t make their kickbacks or get their campaign coffers filled unless they grease the skids for business.
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Plus, more business/higher land values means more tax revenue. Which means more money for the government, which means more cushy gov't job openings for their friends and family and big raises all around. And maybe a bit easier to hide if a bit of all that money goes missing here and there.
Plus most of the elected officials are likely looking at higher office later down the line. Your campaign for senator tends to go a bit better when you can claim "As mayor of Bozeman for 8 years, I increased the city's economy by 20% added 10,000 jobs and finally brought the city into a budget surplus." vs. "I hung around for 8 years, didn't really feel much needed to be done and mostly left the place the same as it was when I got there."
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