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Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration

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Here, the author seeks to develop a constructive conversation on immigration by examining significant issues and by presenting first-person accounts of the experiences of immigration.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Orbis Books (first published 2009)
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Tinea
This book was written for a lay, US-based Catholic or other Christian audience that support Christian ethics, but is unfamiliar with the US Border crisis and immigration. The author assumes good will towards humanity but does not expect one to know more about the border than the tropes repeated by mainstream politicians and news networks. He addresses common racist myths with patience, and is easy on the reader. In some ways the book is an extended pamphlet, topically addressing issues of border ...more
Glen Peterson
Jan 02, 2012 Glen Peterson rated it it was amazing
The telling of the stories from personal interviews is relentless. The narrative of this book grows out of conversations with people in desperate situations on the trails of immigration in the Mexican town of Altar, 60 miles south of the border, and in the Arizona desert that migrants cross against perilous odds. Story after story is translated and told from the perspective of immigrants, church workers, theologians, students, family members and those looking for work and a better life. Chapters ...more
Erin Grasse
Sep 21, 2016 Erin Grasse rated it really liked it
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You should read this book.

It specifically examines Hispanic/Latinx (mostly focusing on Mexican and Central American) immigration from an explicitly Christian lens, if that's your jam. If that's not your jam, I would still consider at least skimming through it for the history and stories, as well as looking into other resources and commentaries that your particular faith tradition might have with regard to immigration. If neither of those are you jam, please familiarize yourself with the travesty
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Roger Green
Jan 13, 2016 Roger Green rated it it was amazing
A good ethical introduction to the issues surrounding immigration. de la Torre refuses to "play the hero" and instead tries to present perspectives of those along the border or those who have crossed and why they have crossed (which are not the typical reasons U.S. politicians and citizens throw around). He reminds United States citizens of the U.S. government's policies that have shaped the situation from the Mexican War to NAFTA to post-9/11 "tightening of borders."
Daniel Klawitter
May 01, 2013 Daniel Klawitter rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book wonderfully edited by Iliff School of Theology professor Miguel De La Torre. Helpful analysis and theological reflection on migration is supplemented by first-hand testimonies of immigrants in the United States, documented and undocumented, as well as labor and immigrant rights activists, artists, and ministers. Full disclosure: I have an essay and a poem included in this book, but it would still warrant five stars if my contribution wasn't there! :)
Rev. Sharon Wylie
Dec 13, 2014 Rev. Sharon Wylie rated it it was amazing
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Each chapter includes factual information from the author followed by testimonials from immigrants and activists, writing directly from their own experience. There is no better way to learn about our broken immigration system than by hearing directly from immigrants whose lives are impacted by it.
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De La Torre received a Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Temple University in social ethics. The focus of his academic pursuit has been ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specializes in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, ...more
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