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The Resource Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant, José Ángel N

Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant, José Ángel N

Label
Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant
Title
Illegal
Title remainder
reflections of an undocumented immigrant
Statement of responsibility
José Ángel N
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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." "--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
N., José Ángel
Dewey number
305.868/720787311
Index
no index present
LC call number
F548.9.M5
LC item number
N3 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • N., José Ángel
  • Illegal aliens
  • Mexicans
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • United States
Label
Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant, José Ángel N
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Amid the shadows -- Of things lost -- My adult education - The song of the cicadas -- At work -- The day I got counted
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 115 pages
Isbn
9780252038310
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn861676504
  • (OCoLC)861676504
Label
Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant, José Ángel N
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Amid the shadows -- Of things lost -- My adult education - The song of the cicadas -- At work -- The day I got counted
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 115 pages
Isbn
9780252038310
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn861676504
  • (OCoLC)861676504

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