Voices of the Undocumented

By Val Rosenfeld, Flor Fortunati

Current affairs | Paperback, eBook


America is in the midst of a daily debate about the issue of undocumented workers. It seems that every day there is another controversy about immigration in the news. Most Americans read these articles and look upon the undocumented immigrants as an undifferentiated block of people. Few seem to truly understand them as individuals, how they got here and their personal stories. This non-fiction book, Voices of the Undocumented, tells the stories of nine undocumented individuals, their struggles as day workers, how their lives are in limbo and their hopes for a better future. This is not a political book. The purpose of these life stories is to give these faceless people a voice. From the heartbreaking story of Salvador (an illiterate Mexican farm worker who entered the U.S. illegally four times), to Ernesto (an educated Peruvian womanizer), to the amazing accomplishments of Rocío (a graduate of a prestigious university), Voices of the Undocumented relates poignant accounts of the undocumented workers’ lives. One must know the stories to truly know the people.


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America is in the midst of a daily debate about the issue of undocumented workers. It seems that every day there is another controversy about immigration in the news. Most Americans read these articles and look upon the undocumented immigrants as an undifferentiated block of people. Few seem to truly understand them as individuals, how they got here and their personal stories. This non-fiction book, Voices of the Undocumented, tells the stories of nine undocumented individuals, their struggles as day workers, how their lives are in limbo and their hopes for a better future. This is not a political book. The purpose of these life stories is to give these faceless people a voice. From the heartbreaking story of Salvador (an illiterate Mexican farm worker who entered the U.S. illegally four...


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Val Rosenfeld is retired and lives in Los Altos, California. She has been a volunteer with various organizations and is currently an ESL teacher at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, California. She has an MBA degree from the University of Santa Clara and worked in corporate finance for several high-technology companies. She is a grandmother to three girls and two English Springer Spaniels. Flor Fortunati lives in Sunnyvale, California. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is temporarily living in the United States. She is currently a volunteer at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. She graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Before moving to the United Sates in 2013, she worked for various petroleum companies. She is married and has an English Cocker Spaniel named Boris.


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Val Rosenfeld is retired and lives in Los Altos, California. She has been a volunteer with various organizations and is currently an ESL teacher at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, California. She has an MBA degree from the University of Santa Clara and worked in corporate finance for several high-technology companies. She is a grandmother to three girls and two English Springer Spaniels. ...


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