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The death and life of Aida Hernandez a border story

by Bobrow-Strain, Aaron, 1969-

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Summary
When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida{u2019}s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival, but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
Contents
Prologue: the death of aida hernandez
No country for young women
Girl in a labyrinth
English without barriers
A sudden storm
Miles of wall and no time to sleep
The new millennium, her own quiet war
Better living through border security
Dance steps
American dreaming
No country for young women
Trauma red
Hunger is worse
Madera
Exile and belonging
La roca
The railroad yard
The black palace
Trauma red
Slipknot
Lucky ema
All the monsters at once
The healer
Leaving the world and fighting to rejoin it
The "Show me your papers" state
What care can do
Slipknot
Going away to come back
Ema's journey
The underworld
Aida¿s voice
Aida and Ema
Going away to come back
To Battery Park
Epilogue: the life of Aida Hernandez
About this book
Notes
Glossary of Spanish terms used in the text
Explanation of terminology
Acknowledgments.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "How does a smart, ebullient child with ties to two symbiotic towns, one in her native Mexico, the other in Arizona, end up as a PTSD-afflicted detainee in an American for-profit immigrant-detention facility? Bobrow-Strain, an academic and an immersion journalist of conscience in the mode of Alex Kotlowitz, tells the dramatic true tale of a woman he calls Aida Hernandez with extraordinary clarity and power, while also providing deep background on the forces behind the tragically unjust immigration laws and procedures she battled. Aida endured poverty, sexism, and violence on both sides of the border, while becoming fluent in English as an undocumented resident in the U.S., and aiming for college and a career. But when she became pregnant at 16, she was catapulted back into abuse and deprivation in Mexico and nearly died after a vicious attack. Rushed to a U.S. hospital, Aida slowly recovered physically, but her psychic wounds were deep and lasting as she was incarcerated as an illegal and separated from her young, traumatized son. Bobrow-Strain's searing chronicle of Aida's struggles to secure legal residency include the illuminating stories of her father, a 1960s revolutionary; social worker Rosie Mendoza; and Ema, a lesbian Ecuadoran immigrant. In this caring and unforgettable borderland saga, Bobrow-Strain reveals the profound personal toll of the immigration crisis.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this merger of "journalistic nonfiction and ethnography," politics professor Bobrow-Strain narrates the story of Aida Hernandez, who grew up an undocumented immigrant in Douglas, Ariz.; married and had a child with an American citizen; was deported in 2008 to Mexico at age 20; and, not long after, returned to the U.S. in an ambulance after she was stabbed and left for dead by a stranger. After the stabbing, Hernandez developed PTSD, exacerbated by fears she'd be deported and separated from her son again. Four years later, she was arrested for misdemeanor theft and spent 10 months in the Eloy Immigration Detention Center before getting a green card. Interwoven with Aida's story are those of her father, a former socialist revolutionary; Rosie Mendoza, a former undocumented immigrant who became Aida's social worker; and the twin border towns, Douglas and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Bobrow-Strain draws from dozens of interviews with the principal actors in the story, including four years of collaboration with Hernandez, providing him an insider's perspective that elevates the narrative above simple reportage. This is a riveting and distressing account of one woman's immigration nightmare, and a well-researched argument against the status quo in border security. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Hernandez, Aida
Mexicans United States Biography
Immigrants United States Biography
Immigrants Mexico Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Sociology
Nonfiction
History
Mexican-American Border Region.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Farrar, Straus and Giroux2019
2019
Edition First Edition.
Contributors Hernandez, Aida.
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780374717179
9780374717179
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