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
Chapter Two Why Don't They Want Us?
Chapter Three Oaxacalifornia
Chapter Four A Question of Honor
Chapter Five Sanctuary
Chapter Six A Life Lived Within Twenty-Nine Miles
Chapter Seven Life Is No Disneyland
Chapter Eight Captain of His People
Chapter Nine Families Caught Between Two Worlds
Chapter Ten Little Legs, Big Dreams
Chapter Eleven The Future Is Female
Chapter Twelve Lawyer Dreams
Chapter Thirteen Boycott

"Dreamers and their allies, those who care about immigration justice, and anyone interested in the experience of Mexicans in the US will respond to these stories of Mexican immigrants (some documented, some not) illuminating their complex lives. Regardless of status, many are subjected to rights violations, inequality, and violence-all of which existed well before the Trump administration-and have profound feelings of being unwanted in the country they call home"-

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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