A Class for Strangers In a Strange Land

Among the lessons for migrant workers: don't try to bribe the police up here

Felipe, 23, a construction worker, says he didn't know any better when he and a buddy cruised down the streets of Edwards, Colo., in their Chevy Blazer last month, swilling Tecate beer and blasting disco music through the late-night stillness. "Hey, we do that all the time back home in Mexico," Felipe says, shrugging. But the cops in Edwards nailed him for driving under the influence and disturbing the peace. Now, facing an additional felony charge of giving a false name, "Juan Romero," Felipe has agreed to an unusual penance. In exchange for a softer sentence, he is attending a three-hour...

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