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Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail


Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail

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    Ruben Martinez
An epic and moving account of one Mexican migrant family, its fortunes in the United States, and the prospects for the town left behind. The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world. Even as the United States deploys billions of dollars and a vast arsenal to "hold the line," the border is breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Yet the migrant gambit is perilous. Thousands die crossing the border, and those who reach "the other side" are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected. In Crossing Over, the award-winning journalist Rubén Martínez puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Chávez clan, an extended Mexican family with the grim distinction of having lost three sons in a tragic border incident. He charts the migrants' progress from their small south-Mexican town of Cherán through the harrowing underground railroad to the tomato farms of Missouri, the strawberry fields of California, and the slaughterhouses of Wisconsin. He reveals the effects of emigration on the family members left behind and offers a powerful portrait of migrant culture, an exchange that deposits hip-hop in Indian villages while bringing Mexican pop to the northern plains. Far from joining the melting pot, Martínez argues, the migrants -- as many as seven million in the United States -- are spawning a new culture that will alter both countries, as Latin America and the United States come increasingly to resemble each other. Intimate, compelling, written with passion and engagement, Crossing Over tells the sweeping story of a family, a town, a world in motion.  
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  • PDF | 330 pages
  • Ruben Martinez
  • Metropolitan Books
  • Unknown
  • 2
  • Nonfiction
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