Like many of his fellow Americans, Jose Fonseca will be spending today with his family, grilling up hot dogs and lighting off “safe and sane” fireworks to commemorate the Fourth of July. A native of a small town in Nayarit, Mexico, Fonseca has called Calexico home for the past 37 years.

During that time, he admittedly has become “Americanized” while simultaneously embracing his Mexican roots, he said. When Fonseca, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is asked to further describe just how it feels to be an American, he pauses for a moment, then gives a hearty laugh.

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