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Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  24 reviews
On a Thursday in November 2013, Guadalupe Morales waited anxiously with her sister-in-law and their four small children. Every Latino man who drove away from their shared apartment above a small auto repair shop that day had failed to return--arrested, one by one, by ICE agents and local police. As the two women discussed what to do next, a SWAT team clad in body armor and ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
CW: racism and ICE raids

I know everyone is talking about The Undocumented Americans, which they should be, but I'd also like to introduce this one. I saw about it on an Instagram story and my attention was caught. A Latino scholar going into the undocumented communities to hear about the effect of a raid on the family? That sounded like a book I wanted to read so I could expand my knowledge. Lopez looks at a family that was raided and how it affected their life. He talks about PTSD with the pare
Soumya Rangarajan
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a preface, I know the author, and as a similarly "overeducated, light-skinned, clean-cut" immigrant woman, I found this to be an incredibly compelling read about a family and community who live right in the community that Dr. Lopez's family and I both live in. However, it is a community I, as a doctor and masters degree recipient, have never really seen or engaged with, showing the unfortunate socio-economic segregation in our community.

I think Dr. Lopez does a fantastic job both stepping bac
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Johns Hopkins University Press for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Dr. Lopez for signing my copy!

This book was amazing. Dr. Lopez takes us through the stories of several different undocumented individuals and their families as their lives are turned upside down from ICE raids. We see how racial profiling, harassment, and the interpersonal and systemic violence of our immigration deportation machine destroy lives and families. A heartbreaking and raw story. Warning, there are scenes that ar
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book offers both a powerful account and an insightful analysis of how systemic violence devastates communities, families, and individuals. An incredibly important book that highlights the immediate need for just immigration policy.
Stacey Bene
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very pertinent read for this day and age.
Amy Finley
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Very compelling read. Interesting in that the setting is Washtenaw County - so very close to home.
Billy Kangas
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Writing is fantastic; great contrast and the images are so rich. I'll confess I was bracing myself for the academic impenetrability I've grown accustomed to enduring more than enjoying.
This is something different. I wouldn't say I'm enjoying it, because it's hard to hear the truth being shared. Major props to Lopez on making this work connect on a deeper level. I was truly moved hearing about these stories and angered realizing how hard it must be for mixed-status communities to respond to the b
Doug Roehler
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful and moving read by Dr. Lopez. There are several stories within this book that will stick with me for a long time. The format of the book makes complex and complicated issues digestible, while also striking a cord with the reader. One thing that I particularly appreciated about Separated was Dr. Lopez does not assume the reader has any preexisting knowledge on the topic, but also doesn’t write in a way that is elementary. A case in point is in Chapter 4 when he breaks down the ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️ This covered a lot of important topics and I appreciate the nuanced view Lopez provides with fluency in Spanish and an understanding of mixed status communities. The book itself was a little all over the place for me. It was one family’s specific experience and then swung at the end to a broad discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement. I feel like the comparison of ICE raids in Latinx communities with city police targeting of black communities needs a whole half of a book or its own b ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Lopez gives us a remarkably intimate look at the complex web of systemic oppressions that produce immigration raids, and the cascade of consequences to communities' physical and mental health when fathers, brothers, mothers, and friends are taken. He gives us a robust analysis embedded in a personal and true story, taking the too often theoretical politics of immigration justice and injustice into lived experience. As a community member in the county where this raid took place, I was honored ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The central story here is about an ICE raid In Washtenaw County, MI, in 2013. That story is harrowing enough, and William Lopez, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan, meticulously builds around that main story an explanation of how the ICE-and-local-police relationship threatens and devastates immigrant lives. The examples are rich, explained in perfect detail, and are demoralizing and infuriating. Anyone curious about the subject matter needs this book. And as a PS: Lopez ...more
Paul J
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lopez is an amazing writer who carries the read through narrative, facts, and personal reflection in a way that makes you not want to put this book down. Immigrants and immigration policies are talked about all the time, but rarely do we have the opportunity to understand in an in-depth and emotional way how immigration policies are impacting families. Lopez gives us this opportunity by intimately sharing the thoughts, feelings, and consequences of an immigration raid on a community in Michigan. ...more
One Fierce Lizard
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read Separated as part of a reading assignment for my Social Dimensions of Health class at the University of Washington (Bothell). I appreciate the time and perspective that went into this book! I love that it confronts the negative narratives being portrayed in media about the communities involved. It's a side that you definitely do not hear about enough. ...more
Jill Dahl
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An informative look into illegal immigration and how ICE and Homeland Security have impacted these people and their daily lives. Lopez also goes into black lives and how police actions impact their existence in America as citizens always targeted by police. A great deal of work and research went into this book; it is an eye opener. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a hard book to read, but it’s one that’s so important everyone should read it. It’s impossible to ignore the immigration crisis when there are names put to faces. Such an insidious system. Lopez does an excellent job in his research, especially his interviews with the primary 3 women whose stories he focuses on. I only wish it could have been longer.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A necessary read. Heartbreaking, compelling, and beautifully rendered, Lopez describes the often-invisible impact of our current immigration system. Absolutely worth the read, this should certainly be required reading in the state of Michigan (where the events occurred).
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very informative though the technicality of the writing was sometimes difficult to follow. The author is just that knowledgeable!
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Used this book for my intro to medical anthropology class. My students appreciated the analysis of ICE and connections to police brutality with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Important ethnographic work on the current reality of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Such a great read! The author tells this heartbreaking story so well. He highlights all the consequences that come with so many immigration and drug policies. Highly recommend!
Ben Echevarria
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very insigthful book. All my years working with immigrant populations there's a book that gives us the impact that raids have on the community and the public health impacts it has. ...more
Nora Krinitsky
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Necessary reading and excellent for teaching.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Powerful book about ICE raids and how it impacts those left behind.
C Lynn
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Educational ethnographic description of a violent immigration raid (under the pretext of a drug raid) and it's aftermath for families and communities with mixed immigration status. Makes connections to the dehumanization experienced by African Americans in policing policies, and describes some of the difficulties in living as undocumented or in a family or community with undocumented members. ...more
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