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Florida Man Makes Way to Andrews

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS- A spotlight on Andrews is still drawing a big crowd, after NBC Nightly News aired a special report about the town last week.

"It's tough throughout the country right now, there isn't much work and I had to do what I had to do, to support my family," Mike Jalbert, who made his way from Florida to Laredo and then on to West Texas, "I've been struggling in Florida for three years now, I was a garage door technician, I saw the work was dwindling as the housing was slowing down."

Jalbert sold his home in Florida before the market began to turn, but he says many of his friends are close to foreclosure.

"They are either on the verge of losing them or they're going to give them back to the banks because they're upside down on them. They owe more than the house is worth," said Jalbert.

In Andrews the housing problem is finding one but that's a good thing for people like Greg Stewart.

"I came to Andrews because of the construction here," said Stewart, "It's booming here. My brother lives in Phoneix and he was laid off, as a matter a fact this month and he also works in construction."

Jalbert found a room to rent. He says he wants to bring his wife and her son from Mexico.

"This is where it's going to be for now, until I can decide if the country is going to be able to sustain me somewhere else or I am going to have to live here for the rest of my life, I don't know," said Jalbert.

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