The character Geraldo in "Geraldo No Last Name" represents the negative stereotypes attached to the many hard working immigrants that come to the U.S. to work, and who often share the same terrible fate—disappearing without a trace and no one seems to care.
In the story, Geraldo is killed in a hit and run after a late night dance. This is witnessed by the girl he had been dancing with, Marin. She tries to help doctors identify him at the hospital, but she barely knows him and he carries no identification. She also feels ashamed for being out with someone like him.
But what difference does it make? He wasn’t anything to her. He wasn’t her boyfriend or anything like that. Just another brazer who didn’t speak English. Just another wetback. You know the kind. The ones who always look ashamed. And what was she doing out at 3:00 A.M. anyway?
Little do they know, Geraldo wasn't just an immigrant who worked at a restaurant and partied at night. He worked hard and selflessly, and did whatever it took to send money to his family back in his home country. Instead, he is only seen as another one of the countless immigrants who goes up north and is never heard from again.