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Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe
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Apr 27, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 29 to April 27, 2010

The immigration problem is definitely much more complex than is appears on the surface. The author follows four Mexican girls from senior year until just after college graduation. Two of the girls are legal and two are not. All four go to college two with the help of scholarships and 2 with the help of private scholarships given to them because of their illegal status. And, while that is indeed a nice and good thing to do, in fact the inevitable is only postponed for these young women. They cannot work legal, travel legally nor do the myriad other things in everyday life we take for granted. They are forced to lie, forge and steal in order to stay in the USA.
The book is thoughtfully written. What are we to do as a nation with illegal immigrants like these girls who were brought to the USA as children and who, in reality, have no way to go back. They also cannot fulfill their full potential either because of there illegal status.
This is a thought provoking book, well worth your time and a good starting point for discussion of this serous topic.


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