Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


Stories of the United States’ atrocities toward undocumented immigrants might have dominated headlines for a while but it’s tragic that, especially in the Trump administration, new daily horrors subsume the essential conversation. A daughter of Ecuadorian parents without papers, Cornejo Villavicencio uses the power of her mighty pen to highlight stories behind the cliches that attach themselves to the narratives. The moments of utter heartbreak — I cannot forgive my government for tagging ankle monitors on any humans — are somewhat tempered by the author’s fierce do-good attitude. A much-needed look at the everyday terrors that undocumented immigrants live with.