Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (4 out of 5)

I got an advance of this from the folks at Dey Street books. I did nominate it for Indie Next, because in the oversaturated market of political and current events, it would be easy for it to slip by. I should also mention that Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so if that isn’t a reputable source for a book in this day and age, then what is? He also defines himself as “the most famous undocumented immigrant in this country”, so he has more than ample background for delivering this book to the readers of the world. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.

Vargas has been living in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 25 years. When he goes to get his drivers license, he realizes all of his papers are fake. This is the way of many who were sent here by their families in the past few decades (Vargas’ mother sent him over to live with his grandparents in California when he was younger). He gets an education and forges a career as a respected journalist, even winning the Pulitzer Prize along the way. Vargas finds out that there is no way for him to become a legal citizen of the country he’s been in for over 25 years. This is madness! Due process is long overdue for a change for the immigrants living in the United States. I hope Vargas’ book breaks on through to the other side. Given the current atmosphere surrounding immigrants, the supposed wall, and the administration occupying the pearly White House gates, this book shines a brighter light on another facet of an issue that continues to be on an unsolved agenda. Everyone living in this country needs to read this book.

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~ by generationgbooks on October 4, 2018.

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