Illegal

Illegal : Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

3.83 (86 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$19.95

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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. In Illegal 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."show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 137 pages
  • University of Illinois Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0252096185
  • 9780252096181

Review quote

"We do not have enough courageous writers who take the risk of telling their stories while undocumented. "Illegal" offers important testimony of the type of life an undocumented immigrant can lead when they have opportunities like N's. From the moment I began to read it I could not put it down."--Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, author of "Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture"""show more

About Jose Angel N

N. is an undocumented immigrant. He lives and works in Chicago.show more

Rating details

86 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 22% (19)
4 44% (38)
3 29% (25)
2 5% (4)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X