- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

Cape Verdians speak about deportation from the United States:
"Sometimes I'd rather be in jail than here. At least in jail you get respect. Over here, I don't even have a name. I'm just Americano [the American]." Henry Goncalves, 42, who immigrated at age 11 and was deported last year after 30 months in jail on a drug conviction
"When they come over here, they behave like [smart-alecks]. They speak English, so they think they are better than you." Toy Silva, 47, who has lived in the United States more than 20 years but returns regularly to visit family
"Ain't nobody can tell me I'm not an American. I grew up there." Jose Reverdes, 27, who immigrated at age 3 and was deported four years ago after being caught traveling on a fake U.S. passport and jumping bail
"If they do something wrong, they should go to jail over there. America has the means to take care of prisoners; we don't here." Elisa Santo Rodrigues, 56, who runs a restaurant in Brava
"I just want a normal life, a 9-to-5 job. … There's nothing to do over here. It's like being stranded on Gilligan's Island." Nelson Monterio, 30, who immigrated at age 5 and was deported five years ago after six years in prison for armed robbery

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