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We Built the Wall: How the U.S. Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

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A Mexican-American lawyer exposes corruption in the US asylum procedure and despotism in the Mexican government

From a storefront law office in the US border city of El Paso, Texas, one man set out to tear down the great wall of indifference raised between the US and Mexico. Carlos Spector has filed hundreds of political asylum cases on behalf of human rights defenders, jou

Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Verso
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Darcia Helle
Immigration is an emotionally charged and divisive topic here in the US. But the debates are too often devoid of facts and instead based solely on conjecture and subjective opinion. If you're going to object to or defend immigration, then you really should know what you're talking about. I'd like to put this book into everyone's hands and tell them to read it before our national discussions go any further.

This book is relatively short, focusing on the issue of asylum as an immigration option. We
Dan Salerno
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eileen Truax's WE BUILT THE WALL is a timely, historical perspective on how the US has handled the issue of immigration among those fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

She does a good job of offering the details that show the US has been focused on keeping vulnerable citizens from these countries out of ours, long before plans to build a "big, beautiful wall," were announced.

For instance, Truax points out that:
. in 2016 there were over 500,000 asylum cases pending, with a total o
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting, very well written book about immigration, specifically from Mexico and countries in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). The author interviews immigrants living on both sides of the border and in detention centers, as well as the lawyers and organizations that help them.

Reading this book helped me understand what a complex issue immigration is. To those who simply tell immigrants to "go home," this book details how going home is nearly impossible, with violence,
Tom Mathews
The title of this book is disingenuous. It is not about the oft-discussed wall that President Donald Trump wants to erect on our southern border. With the exception of a brief epilogue, none of the events described within occurred during the his administration. If you you want to read a book about that project or if you are seeking evidence to use against him, you had better look elsewhere.

What the book is about is the process of applying for asylum in the United States, the difficulties asylum
Greg Whitcher
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great update on some aspects of the border crisis. Not a deep dive but would be a perfect introduction to the topic. Good blend of background, anecdotal and narrative content. Mostly focused on the El Paso-Juarez area.
David Allison
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A strong look at the deeply politicised horrors of asylum and immigration policy in the US.

Makes sense of how we got here and gives some sense of how far we have to go until we're anywhere near having a system that's fit for human need.
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Such an important book. And of course the people who need to read it the most won't. ...more
Christopher P. Steele
A well done piece of reportage. Truax writes in an approachable style and balances larger discussion of the topic with the personal stories of those living this terrible reality.
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Eileen Truax is an awarded journalist with over 20 years of experience in Mexico and the United States.

Born in Mexico City, she moved to Los Angeles in 2004. She has covered immigration, politics and US-Mexico issues for different media both in Mexico and the US, such as La Opinión, Hoy Los Ángeles, Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and Proceso, Gatopardo and Newsweek en Español magazines, amo

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