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Children of the land

by Hernandez Castillo, Marcelo, 1988-

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Summary
"With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his familys encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. He writes of the Sunday afternoon when he opened the door to an ICE officer who had one hand on his holster, of the hours he spent making a fake social security card so that he could work to support his family, of his fathers deportation and the decade that he spent waiting to return to his wife and children only to be denied reentry."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Poet Castillo (Cenzontle) opens this impressionistic memoir of growing up as an undocumented immigrant with a gripping flashback to when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the then-teen's family home in Marysville, Calif. "We never opened our door or windows again," he writes, even though it was Castillo's father, long-since deported, the agents sought. Moving forward to 2014, a provision of the "Dreamers" program allowed the 25-year-old Castillo and his wife, Rubi, to return to Tepechitlán, Mexico, for a bittersweet visit with his father, who was still hoping to return to the U.S. During the roller-coaster ride of the next two years, Castillo received his American visa, but his father failed to return north ("We were still trying to cross, still moving in maddening helplessness, a revolving door without an exit"), and his mother moved back to Tepechitlán to be with her husband. Throughout, Castillo examines other borders and boundaries in his life, including being bisexual and bilingual. Additionally, he writes of the difficulties reconciling his professional achievements as a creative writing teacher with his family's struggles ("That was my new job, to read and write... and I didn't think I deserved that kind of comfort"). Castillo writes with disturbing candor, depicting the all-too-common plight of undocumented immigrants to the U.S. (Jan.)"
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Subjects Hernandez Castillo, Marcelo, 1988-
Authors, American Biography
Illegal aliens Biography
Deportation Biography
Family secrets Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Multi-Cultural
Nonfiction
History
United States Biography.
Electronic books.
Autobiographies.
1988-
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2020
2020
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-362).
ISBN 9780062825605
9780062825605
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