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The first book was Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario; the current book being Three Cups of Tea; One Man's Mission to Promote Peace by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
As the author points out, like Enrique and his mother Lourdes, hundreds of thousands of immigrants enter the U.S. illegally every year, including single mothers and children as young as 7. Initially, they intend to return to their homeland, but in the meantime they send money home to help care for their families.
In Nazario’s Afterword, she outlines the immigration debate from different perspectives - - that of the illegal immigrant, the family left behind, the country left behind, and the benefits and liabilities to the United States and its border communities.
One of the points in the book that made an impact on me was the abusive way Mexico treats the illegals entering from Central America. Yet, we see on the news thousands of Mexicans illegally in the U.S., along with Mexico’s government, demanding equal rights with U.S. citizens and immigrants who came to this country legally. Quite a conundrum!
Have any of you read this book, and if so, what did you think? No matter how you initially thought about ILLEGAL immigration (and I'm emphasizing illegal), did this book make you think about it differently?
"It follows a season in the life of a refugee soccer team, from their families and their charismatic coach, as they struggle to build new lives in a small town overwhelmed by change. The story touches on their resilience in the face of extraordinary hardship, the power of one person to make a difference and the daunting challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have so little in common."
I'll be adding this one to my wishlist.
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