Illegal

Illegal

Reflections of An Undocumented Immigrant

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"A day after N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and then released onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States forever. Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant is his timely and compelling memoir of building a new life in America. Authorial anonymity is required to protect this life. Arriving in the 1990s with a 9th grade education, N. traveled to Chicago where he found access to ESL classes and GED classes. He eventually attended college and graduate school and became a professional translator. Despite having a well-paying job, N. was isolated by a lack of official legal documentation. Travel concerns made big promotions out of reach. Vacation time was spent hiding at home, pretending that he was on a long-planned trip. The simple act of purchasing his girlfriend a beer at a Cubs baseball game caused embarrassment and shame when N. couldn't produce a valid ID. A frustrating contradiction, N. lived in a luxury high-rise condo but couldn't fully live the American dream. He did, however, find solace in the one gift America gave him--his education. Ultimately, N.'s is the story of the triumph of education over adversity. He debunks the stereotype that undocumented immigrants are freeloaders without access to education or opportunity for advancement. With bravery and honesty, N. details the constraints, deceptions, and humiliations that characterize alien life "amid the shadows." "-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Amid the shadows
Of things lost
My adult education - The song of the cicadas
At work
The day I got counted
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: 305.86872 N PBK
Characteristics: xiv, 115 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780252038310
0252038312
9780252079863
0252079868

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SkokieStaff Aug 17, 2016

For adults: The anonymous author crawled through a tunnel to live undocumented in the U.S. Now, educated, married, and successful, but always living in dread of discovery, he gives eloquent voice to the millions living in the shadows.

The anonymous author crawled through a tunnel to live undocumented in the U.S. Now, educated, married and successful, but always living in dread of discovery, he gives eloquent voice to the millions living in the shadows. This book is featured in Viva! the 2016 Coming Together in Skokie and Niles... Read More »


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4book1 Jun 02, 2014

A supposed first person account of a man who, as a teenager slipped across the Mexican border into the US and built a prosperous life.

I do question a couple of things.

1. The writer had an exceptional command of English, so I wonder if the book was authored by a ghostwriter.

2. Given the current political climate, Jose could have contacted an immigration lawyer and received some type of legal resident status.

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