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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2018 original; edició 2019)

de Jose Antonio Vargas (Autor)

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"The movement of people--what Americans call 'immigration' and the rest of the world calls 'migration'--is among the defining issues of our time. Technology and information crosses countries and continents at blistering speed. Corporations thrive on being multinational and polyglot. Yet the world's estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed 'illegal' by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. An issue about movement seems immovable: politically, culturally and personally. Dear America: Notes Of An Undocumented Citizen is an urgent, provocative and deeply personal account from Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who happens to be the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain-sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country (The Washington Post, The New Yorker) while lying about where he came from and how he got here. After publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--Vargas has challenged the definition of what it means to be an American, and has advocated for the human rights of immigrants and migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history. Both a letter to America and a window into Vargas's America, this book is a transformative argument about migration and citizenship, and an intimate, searing exploration on what it means to be home when the country you call your home doesn't consider you one of its own"--… (més)
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Títol:Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Autors:Jose Antonio Vargas (Autor)
Informació:Dey Street Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen de Jose Antonio Vargas (2018)

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It is absolutely wonderful. It’s description of being an undocumented immigrant is so inspiring and helps to provide a valuable point of view for the discussion. I loved how the author infused facts into his story making it not in and enlightening but also an informational read. I would recommend this for people from all walks of life. ( )
  mrortiz | Jun 7, 2021 |
Advanced Reader’s Copy received from Baker & Taylor.

“Dear America” is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas’ journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizenship can be, even for someone as well-connected as himself.

“Why don’t you just become legal?” It’s the question at the heart of this book because it’s the muddiest gray area for those who are stuck in legal limbo like Vargas. People think citizenship is black and white; like you can just go to the DMV, check a box, and it’s done. People act as if non-citizenship is a willful choice, an act of defiance, and treat you as a criminal when it’s not a matter of choice, it’s a matter of ability. And even when people learn the truth of the matter, there are those who are too un-empathetic, obstinate, and close-minded. Those who think self-deportation is what it comes down to when citizenship can’t be obtained. This book looks those people directly in the eyes and asks about home, identity, and what makes you American. ( )
  H4ppyN3rd | Oct 6, 2020 |
Interesteing book about what it means to live undocumented in the United States. The author was born in the Phillipines and came to this country before reaching teenage. He has made his living as a journalist, writing for a number of nationally known newspapers and magazines. I was somewhat disappointed with the book ending because the author didn't state what he plans to do in the future. ( )
  MrDickie | Aug 3, 2020 |
My partner first tipped me off to Vargas's story on the Ezra Klein Show podcast, and I knew that I'd be devouring his book soon after. The way that he writes and speaks is so clear and seemingly undeniable that I'm still surprised at people who can be against immigration reform after hearing him, despite actually not being surprised at all. He is just a person, a boy who grew up in the United States, who was happy to live without any knowledge of how the government perceived him as a person or non-person, legal or illegal, until he tried to get his driver's licence. They say ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is also power, and despite the unblissful life he's had to endure since finding out his immigration status, the constant anxiety and missed opportunities and fear, his voice is so powerful. I want everyone in the United States to read this book, and Canada too, anywhere we have the privilege to presume we can decide if a person if allowed to exist or not within our borders. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
It's one thing to have some knowledge of immigration issues, in theory. It's another thing to hear about their actual effects from someone experiencing them firsthand.

Lots of people have opinions about immigration, without having even the most cursory knowledge or understanding of the laws. [Infuriating!] Would they rethink their positions at all if they sought out/were given facts about the law? If they met/got to know/listened to an immigrant?

While the author states "This is not a book about the politics of immigration," all 10 passages I've bookmarked for additional review are political/legal. I've shared some of the same facts with others. The author's personal experience was compelling, as well.

I borrowed Dear America from the library. It's now on my wishlist for my personal library. ( )
  joyblue | Apr 9, 2020 |
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America is not a land of one race or one class of men ...
America is not bound by geographical latitudes...
America is in the heart...

--Carlos Bulosan
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To Mama in the Philippines,
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"The movement of people--what Americans call 'immigration' and the rest of the world calls 'migration'--is among the defining issues of our time. Technology and information crosses countries and continents at blistering speed. Corporations thrive on being multinational and polyglot. Yet the world's estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed 'illegal' by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. An issue about movement seems immovable: politically, culturally and personally. Dear America: Notes Of An Undocumented Citizen is an urgent, provocative and deeply personal account from Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who happens to be the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain-sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country (The Washington Post, The New Yorker) while lying about where he came from and how he got here. After publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--Vargas has challenged the definition of what it means to be an American, and has advocated for the human rights of immigrants and migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history. Both a letter to America and a window into Vargas's America, this book is a transformative argument about migration and citizenship, and an intimate, searing exploration on what it means to be home when the country you call your home doesn't consider you one of its own"--

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