Reviews / Las reseñas

Advanced Praise for Everyday Illegal

“This beautifully written study forces us to recognize the impact of our inhumane policy and is a must-read for understanding the underbelly consequences of an immigration system that demands mass deportation and the criminalization of immigrants who want to work and provide a better life for their family in the United States.”—Mary Romero, author of The Maid’s Daughter, Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

“Everyday Illegal is an urgent call to reframe immigrant illegality and reform a system that produces the very un-American reality of different classes of citizens.”— Luis Argueta, director and producer of the immigration trilogy: abUSed: The Postville Raid (2010), ABRAZOS (2014),  and The U-Turn (2015)

“Dreby deftly weaves rigorous research with her deeply personal stories to give us a glimpse into the workings of an immigration system that works far from public view. Her compelling account exposes the brutality of the current regime with an eye to policy solutions. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about immigrants or who wants to learn how the current immigration system is working.”—Cecilia Menjívar, author of Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala

Everyday Illegal is a pioneering study of the effects of immigration law status on the lives of undocumented immigrants, their families, and their communities. Dreby paints an intimate portrait of the undocumented that is at once vivid and nuanced, while also poignant and heartbreaking.  A combination of keen observation, analytical rigor, and compelling narrative, this remarkable book is essential reading—-rich with indispensable lessons about the costs that the US immigration system imposes, every day, on some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”—-Hiroshi Motomura, author of Immigration Outside the Law






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