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The Undocumented Americans (2020 original; edició 2021)

de Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (Autor)

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One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. "Karla's book sheds light on people's personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to be heard."--Selena Gomez   Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she'd tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell.  So she wrote her immigration lawyer's phone number on her hand in Sharpie and embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrants--and to find the hidden key to her own.    Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented--and the mysteries of her own life. She finds the singular, effervescent characters across the nation often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers. The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects.    In New York, we meet the undocumented workers who were recruited into the federally funded Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11. In Miami, we enter the ubiquitous botanicas, which offer medicinal herbs and potions to those whose status blocks them from any other healthcare options. In Flint, Michigan, we learn of demands for state ID in order to receive life-saving clean water. In Connecticut, Cornejo Villavicencio, childless by choice, finds family in two teenage girls whose father is in sanctuary. And through it all we see the author grappling with the biggest questions of love, duty, family, and survival.    In her incandescent, relentlessly probing voice, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio combines sensitive reporting and powerful personal narratives to bring to light remarkable stories of resilience, madness, and death. Through these stories we come to understand what it truly means to be a stray. An expendable. A hero. An American.… (més)
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I really enjoyed learning from this book and seeing the immigrant community through Cornejo Villavicencio’s eyes. Non-fiction books come in all shapes and sizes but I think the very best ones are written from the perspective of someone who has lived the experiences they are writing about and are able to share those experiences in an honest, unfiltered way. Cornejo Villavicencio excels at this and her reading of the work adds a level of emotion very few readers could add. It’s excellently written. I learned a lot.

In The Undocumented Americans, Cornejo Villavicencio tells different stories of different experiences. She tells the story of her own strength and guilt, her parents – each of whom have different experiences – and those of the individuals she has met and fought for. Cornejo Villavicencio makes you want to fight for them too. As we all should. As an audiobook, The Undocumented Americans is only five hours long – a short book. Every moment is meaningful. Words are carefully chosen and they are impactful. It’s the best way to write a sociopolitical non-fiction book. I’m impressed by Cornejo Villavicencio’s technique! I’d read more of her work.

In regards to the subject matter, I think there is a perfect balance of personal experience and outside stories. Whenever Cornejo Villavicencio discusses the work experience of an immigrant, she effortlessly ties that back to her father’s experience, her mother’s dysphoria, or her own guilt. Most impactful of these stories, for me, was learning about immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation orders in a church or other place of worship. These are the tales you hear of heroes and fugitives of the law – not criminals but crusaders, those breaking laws for the good of all. These stories, this parallel, was so beautiful and heartbreaking. The deep loneliness of the men in sanctuary is devastating. Cornejo Villavicencio tells these stories directly and honestly. I appreciated it so much.

The Undocumented Americans taught me the level of sacrifice immigrants endure to create opportunities for future generations. Cornejo Villavicencio’s father returned to Ecuador once his children were stable, because he was tired of fighting for a living wage. Her mother is still trying to figure out who she is. Cornejo Villavicencio Carrie’s the heart and hurts of so many whose family experience parallels her own. This book is a must-read to grow our understanding of the immigrant experience in the United States and the additional hardships our systems place of refugees and those seeking a better future. ( )
  Morteana | Feb 22, 2022 |
I wish I could do justice to this book in describing it. It's not a big book, far from it. And yet, it's power is significant. It's issue journalism. It's a memoir. It's a cry for awareness, empathy, and justice. It's a love poem. It's very readable. It's not a messenger of news I didn't already know, but I'm guessing most people don't know these things, and most definitely should. Unfortunately, the people who need to know these things most, would never even touch this book. Which is, of course, at the heart of the problem. When it comes to things that aren't like us, our two most popular choices are ignore it or hate it. I will look forward to reading more of this author's work. ( )
  larryerick | Jan 21, 2022 |
Interesting book about the experiences of people who live as undocumented immigrants. I read an eBook version. ( )
  MrDickie | Nov 25, 2021 |
Very interesting information about what it's like to be undocumented. ( )
  TheLoisLevel | Oct 30, 2021 |
The author is a DACA recipient who spent a good part of her life undocumented. She’s also a Harvard grad/Yale PhD candidate. She also is scarred by her early experiences as an outsider.
The book looks at her family and at many other undocumented people: not the “success” stories but the day laborers, the kitchen workers, housekeepers and nannies, those in sanctuary. For every celebrated, achieving immigrant there are many more of these people. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Oct 7, 2021 |
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One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. "Karla's book sheds light on people's personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to be heard."--Selena Gomez   Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she'd tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell.  So she wrote her immigration lawyer's phone number on her hand in Sharpie and embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrants--and to find the hidden key to her own.    Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented--and the mysteries of her own life. She finds the singular, effervescent characters across the nation often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers. The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects.    In New York, we meet the undocumented workers who were recruited into the federally funded Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11. In Miami, we enter the ubiquitous botanicas, which offer medicinal herbs and potions to those whose status blocks them from any other healthcare options. In Flint, Michigan, we learn of demands for state ID in order to receive life-saving clean water. In Connecticut, Cornejo Villavicencio, childless by choice, finds family in two teenage girls whose father is in sanctuary. And through it all we see the author grappling with the biggest questions of love, duty, family, and survival.    In her incandescent, relentlessly probing voice, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio combines sensitive reporting and powerful personal narratives to bring to light remarkable stories of resilience, madness, and death. Through these stories we come to understand what it truly means to be a stray. An expendable. A hero. An American.

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