How Does It Feel to Be Unwanted? : Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the United States
by Truax, Eileen; Stockwell, Diane (TRN)







Introduction: Thirty Years of Resistance1(6)
Chapter One A Better Life
7(18)
Chapter Two Why Don't They Want Us?
25(14)
Chapter Three Oaxacalifornia
39(14)
Chapter Four A Question of Honor
53(14)
Chapter Five Sanctuary
67(18)
Chapter Six A Life Lived Within Twenty-Nine Miles
85(18)
Chapter Seven Life Is No Disneyland
103(12)
Chapter Eight Captain of His People
115(12)
Chapter Nine Families Caught Between Two Worlds
127(10)
Chapter Ten Little Legs, Big Dreams
137(1)
Chapter Eleven The Future Is Female
137(28)
Chapter Twelve Lawyer Dreams
165(14)
Chapter Thirteen Boycott
179(14)
Epilogue193(6)
Acknowledgments199(2)
Notes201


"Each of these 13 stories of Mexicans in the United States are rich and humanizing, illuminating the scope and breadth of a frequently stereotyped population. Eileen Truax tells the stories of thirteen Mexican immigrants, some documented, some not living in America. Truax offers a comprehensive, highly personal portrait of the great diversity of the Mexican community by using the stories, words, and life experiences gathered from countless interviews. We meet Omar Leon, a day laborer in Los Angeles who coordinates the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and plays with the popular band Los Jornaleros del Norte. We learn about Jeanette Vizguerra, who came to symbolize the sanctuary movement when she took shelter in a church in Denver in February 2017to avoid an order of deportation. On April 20, she got a phone call telling her Time magazine had named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. After crossing the border illegally with his mother as a child, Al Labrada joined the military after high school to get on a path to citizenship; in March 2017 he was promoted to Captain in the Los Angeles Police Department. Many Mexicans in the United States are here legally, yet are still subject to the virulent anti-immigrant sentiment and bigotry that has existed for centuries"-





Eileen Truax is a Mexican journalist specializing in migration and politics. She contributes regularly to Al Día News and the Spanish-language versions of the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vice. Truax often speaks at colleges and universities about the Dreamer movement and immigration. Her current project explores the lives of immigrant youth in Spain. Truax is the author of Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream and author of the forthcoming We Built the Wall, about how the US shuts down asylum seekers (2018). She lives in Los Angeles.





Respected journalist Truax follows Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for the American Dream (2015) with an effort to answer the anguished question she poses in the title of this slim volume. It contains tales she gleaned from a broad spectrum of Mexican immigrants, some documented but most not. Truax juxtaposes their compelling life stories with statistics about everything from the high percentage of Mexican immigrants who enlist in the armed forces to the dwindling number of people crossing the border without documents. The individuals she portrays represent a rich cross section of males and females of diverse sexual orientations, young and mature, able and disabled, professionals and laborers from all over Mexico, and now residing primarily in California, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas. Most of Truax's subjects were brought to the U.S. as children, who grew up fearing deportation. Truax reports on how they overcame adverse circumstances through hard work, a passion for justice, and a desire to help their communities. Clarifying and timely. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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