Disciples Immigration Legal Update

Provided by Immigration Legal Counsel, a ministry of Disciples Home Missions

May 31, 2016
Through both fiction and nonfiction, we can be witness to the powerful stories of individuals fleeing their home countries or trying to come to the U.S. Check out these favorite books that are relevant to current conversations about immigration and refugees. They may open your eyes, expand your heart, or even change your life. Enjoy!
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Do They Hear You When You Cry? by Fauziya Kassindja 
Fauziya fled Togo to escape female genital mutilation, but her trials were just beginning. Heart-wrenching and personal, she details her detention and the case that led to a landmark asylum decision. 

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe
This is a fascinating tale of international human smuggling from China to Chinatown and the people involved at all levels.
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
A young boy travels through Mexico on top of the trains to reach his mother in the U.S.
Americans in Waiting by Hiroshi Motomura 
The history of immigration is one of welcome and exclusion in tension, often fueled by racism and economics. (Professor Motomura also has a new book, Immigration Outside the Law, that looks like it will be especially relevant to current conversations about undocumented immigrants.)
Border Odyssey by Charlie Thompson
The author travels the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border and chronicles what and who he discovers along the way.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
The author gives a compassionate account of a Hmong family and a county hospital’s often clashing attempts to do right by a young child with epilepsy.
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness by Tracy Kidder  
A medical student escapes the genocide in Burundi and makes a new life in the U.S. accompanied by the lasting effects of trauma and a few real friends.
Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala by Daniel Wilkinson
Based on interviews with individuals who lived through Guatemala’s brutal war and the United States’ involvement there, this history explains some of the root causes of Central American migration to the U.S.
*These are Amazon links for convenience, but many of these books are older, so you may be able to find them at your public library, too.
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