From the Bookshelf

I just returned from a summer study abroad in France and am now preparing in earnest to leave for Nogales. Before I go, I thought I would share a few books that have influenced my perspective on immigration and helped me grow in understanding:

Stories of Migrants

Coyotes: A Journey across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants by Ted Conover

The author follows the path of migrants from their home villages, across the border, and as they work in the US. Most shocking, however, is that the book was written in 1987. Much has changed in 25 years but there are still many similarities to current-day struggles.

The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

The story of 14 migrants who died in the desert in 2001. The author does an excellent job of just telling their story and not demonizing any actors. The story also brought me to tears.

Policy Perspective

A Nation of Immigrants by Susan Martin

Susan Martin is the director of Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and one of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy. She analyzes the history of immigration policy in the United States and provides policy suggestions for moving forward.

Faith Perspective

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens, Jenny Hwang and Leith Anderson

This book reframes how Christians should approach immigration with the radical love of Jesus who asks us to “welcome the stranger.” It tells many stories of migrants and provides information on current statistics and difficulties in immigration.

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll R.

Dr. Carroll gives a solid Biblical perspective on the Christian attitude towards immigration through analyzing many different passages. He comes from a bicultural Guatemalan and US background, and calls the Hispanic church to actively engage in the integration process.

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