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Commentary: Is hard work enough to buy you a house?

In 1988, my parents bought a house in Anaheim for $140,000. It's in one of those post-World War II tracts where all the houses have three bedrooms, two baths and one garage - everything two Mexican immigrants could ever want for their American Dream.

My father liked to hold pool parties for our extended family and serve everyone his famous carnitas; my mom was never happier than tending to her garden of chile plants, citrus trees and a massive bougainvillea. I go over at least twice

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