In Chiapas, one of the southernmost states in Mexico, 25.9 percent of homes lack running water, 32.9 percent of homes have dirt floors, and 5.8 percent of homes lack electricity, according to the 2005 National Statistics and Geography Institute census. This is where Nehemias Ramirez lived his life as a construction worker until the work ended. Three years ago he came to the United States for better work and better pay.

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