Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Moving Examination of Immigration Issues

Off the Shelf
By John Hughes    |   Friday, January 15, 2016
Debate and finger-pointing and not-so-veiled racism over the U.S.–Mexico border question has already surfaced on the long, long road to the next presidential election. We can expect months of cringeworthy and often infuriating talk of deportation, drones, and walls. Those who have read Luis Alberto Urrea’s riveting nonfiction narrative, The Devil’s Highway, will certainly be struck by how many of the loud voices in the current debates lack any sense of the history, the all-too-frequent tragedies, and the social and political complexities of immigration. In the current political climate, reading Urrea’s masterpiece feels both urgent and necessary. 

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