The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


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“Did you know undocumented workers made up the majority of 9/11 clean-up crews? Of course, and so few outlets reported on it. There’s no “faceless brown mass” here, no generalization or appropriation of experience. The only political commentator you’ll need on immigration issues, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio writes with a journalist’s accuracy and depth—if journalists shed the objectivity BS and said what they really meant to say. And damn, she can write a gorgeous sentence.

Full of voice, sass, wit, and bite, Villavicencio bares her own complicated humanness as she compiles the stories of undocumented Americans: the stories that go unpublished in the mainstream for fear of deportation. From work place malpractices to the lengths people go to support their families and find healthcare, Villavicencio find the humor and heart in it all, despite the dark turns this book very well could’ve taken.

A mammoth of a debut. And just as hard and sharp (if not harder and sharper) as the edgy logic that immigration critics love so dearly.”

– Mason

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio