Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and others who attempt to cast the denizens of Appalachia into a particular silo for their own political ends is so acute that she felt the need to write a response. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom. I have long thought that serious immigration reform is needed to make it easier to immigrate legally, and I hope this book will provide some measure of impetus for that. Because America at one time engaged in imperial conquests and political shenanigans in Central and South America he declares that these peoples have a right to immigrate to the United States. Many folks who are more in tune with current culture will know who Jose Antonio Vargas is but I had never heard of him.
Vargas paid taxes for years for benefits he couldn't claim, thanks to his inability to become a legal citizen. Not only that, but as a gay man, he would endure terrible hardships under the rule of President Duterte in the Philippines. The best--and most harrowing--parts of this book were the most personal bits. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. It's succinct and well written. .
It made for compelling reading and an even stronger desire on my part to be part of a solution. In the meantime, he got rides to school with classmates and teachers, who, as it turned out, became his American family by default. This is a book about America. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but about the unsettled, unmoored psychological state in which undocumented immigrants like me find ourselves. Using the art of storytelling he breaks down immigration to make it more understandable. If this belief of mine automatically disqualifies my reading of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen in your eyes because of my preexisting bias, you can go elsewhere. What would you do if you suddenly found out at 16 that you had no legal documentation for the country that you had come to call home? Vargas writes matter-of-factly about life as an undocumented citizen, and it's all the ordinary things that undocumented people simply cannot take for granted that drives home how deep and far-reaching and life-threatening this country's problems with immigration are.
I don't know what else you want from us. Vargas writes matter-of-factly about life as an undocumented citizen, and it's all the ordinary things that undocumented people simply cannot take for granted that drives home how deep and far-reaching and life-threatening this country's problems with immigration are. Vargas writes passionately about the undeniable intersection between race, class, and immigration and traces the bitter history of American immigratin policy. This book is not about immigration at all. Vargas points out two facts in this regard--the the majority of undocumented immigrants are people who overstayed their visas, and that undocumented immigrants also contribute to the tax base and social security--things that, as undocumented immigrants, they have no access to, regardless of what the frothing anti-immigration demagogue would have you believe. We need to tell Trump that undocumented immigrants are one thing that makes America great and because of this we owe them our respect and help.
The book served for me to frame the issues in a human way and it was enough for me. Through all of this the reader is able to witness Vargas' struggles, his pain, and most of all his constant worry of what might happen to him if his secret is ever found out. Dear America is not a book about politics or policy; it is written from the very depths of the human heart. Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, his experiences, his how, and his why of being an undocumented citizen of the United States. Everyone should be treated with respect, decency and kindness. This is a book about lying to get by, about families, and about what it means to not really have a home. Not because it will cause us all to be of one mind concerning immigration but because it will give us all a starting point for civil discourse.
A few of the points that stayed with me: - Media portrayals and rhetoric that criminalize and commodify the immigrant experience. If you want to change opinions, if you want to help people understand other cultures, other lives, the best way is through stories and personal connections. He's a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who discovered he was undocumented when he went to apply for a driver's license at age 16 Here's another book every American should read. Book short and personal but does a good job of conveying the confusion and misperceptions about the current immigration policies in this country. Vargas aims to change the dialogue around immigration in a way analogous to the changed reality around gay marriage.
This is a book about lying to get by, about families, and about what it means to not really have a home. One of my former students, a student who was student body president his senior year, was detained when his undocumented status was notice as he was on the Dean's list at the University of Washington. I have a deeper appreciation and understanding of the sacrifices my parents made coming to America from the Philippines. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom. I'm a librarian at a high school where I believe a number of our students are undocumented. Hearing how someone offered to marry him was also a very familiar moment.
It's a powerful piece of writing about a deeply unjust system, and the cost that system has on ordinary lives. Some of have been fortunate enough to have our path to citizenship given to us by nature of our birth doing nothing to earn it. Each ticket option comes with a hardcover copy of Dear America. It is the story of one real person behind the statistics. Vargas, amongst others, is a testament to the many ways of being American.
Many people are fleeing awful conditions in their home countries, where gangs threaten them or their family members. What would you do if your home wasn't safe and your children were dying? I appreciated Vargas's tremendous courage and honesty in sharing all the details of his story, even when they weren't pretty. I was born in the Philippines. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. For more information about his book tour visit. He was released in eight hours. This is one of the many questions Vargas asks over and over again throughout the course of the book.
Young Vargas was sent to live with his grandparents and extended family, and waited for his mother to arrive spoiler alert: she never does. At age 12 his mother sent him to the United States to live with her parents. How could this be happening in our country today? This book——at its core——is not about immigration at all. Now, a new book explores the personal pain of navigating life as an undocumented immigrant. As one learns in Dear America, Jose Antonio Vargas was sent to the United States in 1993 at the age of 12 from the Philippines to live with his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens. Recommended for all readers interested in immigration issues and American identity. Some of have been fortunate enough to have our path to citizenship given to us by nature of our birth doing nothing to earn it.