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Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe
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Nov 19, 2011

it was amazing
Read in November, 2011

Helen Thorpe does a masterful job of capturing the complexities of the immigration debate in America today. As a Denver native, a DPS high school graduate (the same school as the girls in the book in fact) and a University of Denver graduate, I saw many of my friends in this book. I was in my last year at DU when these girls started their freshmen year and while I don't know them personally, I know many people that have had to struggle with the same issues of identity and uncertainty. I know of several of my former classmates and friends that are undocumented and the difficulties that this still presents in their lives. Helen captures these girls as they are; human, vulnerable, and imperfect. She also does a great job of exposing the complexities of the opposition towards illegal immigration, even managing to humanize Tom Tancredo. Everyone with in interest in the issues of illegal immigration and equity in education should read this book.
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