Additional Reading & Information

Interviews with Valeria Luiselli

Additional Reading

Boehm, D. A., & Terrio, S. J. (2019). Illegal encounters : the effect of detention and deportation on young people. New York University Press. (Available at the library)

Caldwell, B. C. (2019). Deported Americans : life after deportation to Mexico. Duke University Press. (Available at the library)

Having interviewed over one hundred deportees and their families, Caldwell traces deportation's long-term consequences-such as depression, drug use, and homelessness-on both sides of the border. Showing how U.S. deportation law systematically fails to protect the rights of immigrants and their families, Caldwell challenges traditional notions of what it means to be an American and recommends legislative and judicial reforms to mitigate the injustices suffered by the millions of U.S. citizens affected by deportation.

Castañeda, H. (2019). Borders of belonging : struggle and solidarity in mixed-status immigrant families. Stanford University Press. (Available at the library)

Borders of belonging investigates a pressing but previously unexplored aspect of immigration in America--the impact of immigration policies and practices not only on undocumented migrants, but also on their family members, some of whom possess a form of legal status. Heide Castañeda reveals the trauma, distress, and inequalities that occur daily, alongside the stratification of particular family members' access to resources like education, employment, and health care. She also paints a vivid picture of the resilience, resistance, creative responses, and solidarity between parents and children, siblings, and other kin.

De Leon, Concepcion. "Speaking for Children, Whatever the Language." New York Times 8 Feb. 2019: C19(L). Business Insights: Global. Web. 12 Aug. 2019. (Link to article at LMU)

Getrich, C. M. (2019). Border brokers : children of Mexican immigrants navigating U.S. society, laws, and politics. The University of Arizona Press. (Available at the library)

Haker, H., & Greening, M. (2019). Unaccompanied migrant children : social, legal, and ethical perspectives. Lexington Books. (Available at the library)

Unaccompanied migrant children are the most vulnerable group of migrants and refugees. Their experiences, their contested legal status in the host countries, and their treatment before, during, and after migration call for an ethics of child migration that places unaccompanied migrant children at the center. This volume gathers international experts from the fields of social work, social science, law, philosophy, and Catholic ethics. Social science, psychological, and social work studies, analyses of US and international law of child migration, refuge and asylum policies, and several case studies regarding law enforcement highlight the more recent shifts in policies both in the United States and Europe.

Lalami, L. (2018). The Cruelty of ICE. Nation306(11), 10–11 (Link to article at LMU)

The article discusses the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) practice of separating children asylum seekers from their parents at the U.S. border, commenting on their separating of a Congolese mother and child asylum seeker. It comments on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) criminalization of asylum seekers. The article references the book "Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions," by Valeria Luiselli.

Milian, C. (2018). Crisis Management and the LatinX Child. English Language Notes56(2), 8–24. doi.org/10.1215/00138282-6960680 (Link to article at LMU)

This article takes into consideration Valeria Luiselli's Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, a nonfictional work about unaccompanied Central American minors coming to the United States and the immigration questionnaire they must navigate to determine their US admissibility. The essay explores how the Northern Triangle's minor--the outré LatinX child--is made into the word on bureaucratic paper. It probes a genealogy of temporary American beginnings and delves into the expulsed Central American child as a newcomer, a migrant, and the beginning of something else: a LatinX phenomenon of--and in--crisis.

Schwab, W. A. (2019). Dreams derailed : undocumented youths in the Trump era. University of Arkansas Press. (Available at the library)

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