A family of Nicaraguan illegal immigrants in a San Jose, Costa Rica, shanty town cling to their front gate. Nicaraguan immigrants serve a very similar social and economic role in Costa Rica as Mexicans do to the United States. They help keep the Costa Rican economy afloat by providing cheap labor for work that Costa Ricans are not willing to do and they serve as a general social scapegoat. The reality is that Nicaraguan illegals live dangerous and unhealthy lives in adjunct poverty in the attempts of making a living for themselves and family members remaining in Nicaragua. Nicaraguans need work and the Costa Rican economy needs hard workers to fill their many available agricultural and industrial jobs. These neighbors should cooperate to help one where the other lacks, but instead they fight a constant battle of racist politics whose victims are children and families like the ones in this photo above.