Lauren Markham: The Far Away Brothers Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life



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And migrants like the Flores twinsAfter reading The Far Away Brothers it s difficult to see how today s illegal immigrants are in any substantive way different rom the Irish Chinese Italians and Jews who made their way into the US in the nineteenth and early twentieth century This very timely story Roped in focuses on the travails of twin 17 year old brothers escapingrom the gangs and violence of El Salvador to go north Their older brother their ar away brother had crossed over about 7 years earlier and had managed to pay off the 6K that he owed to the coyote who accompanied him on the journey The price has gone up and the twins each have to pay 6 7K Their large poor amily can t raise that kind of money so put up one of their plots of land as collateral The payment doesn t make their journey any less harrowing the coyote actually disappeared and left them on their own Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, for part of the difficult trip When they arrive at the border they are kept in the border campsor a while until they can sort out the paperwork and arrange with their older brother to taken them in They move in with him in his San Jose apartment but the transition is ar rom smooth The boys move with their brother into a cramped crowded apartment in Oakland affordable than San Jose and enroll in Oakland International High School where the author is on staff They have little English and little knowledge of how anything works in California They both take part time jobs and after a split with their brother move into a room in a house together and are responsible Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous for all of their expenses It is hard to send money home to pay off the debt with grows at a usurious interest rate of 20% Theyind a low cost attorney to help them navigate the immigration courts They get robbed and beat up and miss too much school but they still Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, feel that they are lucky to be here in the US awayrom the gangs poverty and violence back homeThe book is well researched and written Focusing on the plight of just these 2 boys and their amilies both in the US and back in El Salvador gives the story a very human and emotional core while covering in a general way the challenges aced by all immigrants The situation in their home country is truly dire and it is abundantly clear that just building a wall isn t going to solve the immigration problem Immigrants are risking their lives now to get into the US and the wall will be just another of the many obstacles that they seek to overcome This and similar works should be reuired reading A Colton Target for anyone in our government seeking to craft a truly humane and just immigration system Thanks to Crown Publishingor this Love Isnt Enough free review copyHeartbreaking Timely Reuired readingor anyone looking to better understand the reasons that so many Central American citizens are Prodigal Prince Charming fleeing their home countries to come to the United States The book is deeply researched andocuses eually on both sides of the borderif any person can read this book and not be deeply sympathetic to refugees looking Task Force Bride for a safer life in the US my heart achesor that reader s lack of humanity Not a A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, fast read Not an easy read But a necessary oneNOTE This book was published in September 2017 and as we all know immigration policy in the US has changed since then Please take that into account while reading and don t let it impact your opinion of the overall storyissue. New school in a new language working to pay down their mounting coyote debt andacing their day in immigration court while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers girls grades Facebook with only each other or support With intimate access and breathtaking range Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America's child exodus an investigation of US immigration policy and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experien.

El what Right Wing politicians have insisted we call illegal immigrants In The Far Away Brothers Berkeley journalist Lauren Markham brings the lived experience of two young Salvadoran migrants and their amily under a spotlight The picture she paints is nuanced and moving as well as soberingIdentical twins Ernesto and Ra l Flores were seventeen years of age when separately they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with the help of coyotes Though in so many ways their experience is uniue they also stand in Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue for the tens of thousands of young Central Americans wholooded across our southern borders earlier in this decade and Mistress for many of the millions of Salvadorans Hondurans and Guatemalans who now reside in the United States Nearly all recent refugeesrom Central America were driven north by the gang violence and official corruption that are now endemic in the region However as Markham makes clear economic motives also loomed large Abject poverty conjures up visions of prosperity in El Norte among many Central Americans as it does in many other people around the worldAs I read about the often horrific circumstances that confronted the Flores brothers over the three year span described in the book I couldn t help but think about the sharply contrasting experience of my Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) father s parents who emigratedrom Russia early in the 20th century Their lives in the shtetl where they had lived plagued by repeated pogroms were at least as difficult as those of the Flores twins in El Salvador Also it was no easy A Ranchers Redemption feator them to make their way through the vastness of the European continent and then across the Atlantic in steerage But the welcome they received at Ellis Island though decidedly chilly was in no way comparable to the repeated violence and official hostility that met the Flores brothers both on their way and after their arrivalAs the author makes clear the massive migration of young Central Americans to the United States is in a large sense the conseuence of US policy in the region throughout the 20th century but especially in the 1980s In El Salvador Nicaragua Honduras and Guatemala alike our government actively supported local efforts to stamp out local insurgents in the name of anti Communism murdering tens of thousands of peasants in the process Large numbers of young men A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby fled to the US to escape that violence Many succumbed to the lure of crime and were imprisoned in California There in prison and on the streets of Los Angeles the most violent gangs that victimize Central America today wereormed Mara Salvatrucha or MS13 and Barrio 18 Today these gangs are enormous multinational criminal enterprises They re responsible A Mother in the Making for an outsized body count in our cities and a major share of drug trafficking in the US today In a real sense then we re paying the price of our government s intervention in Central America in the last century And so are tens of thousands of migrantsrom the regionThe Far Away Brothers is Lauren Markham s Her Kind Of Cowboy first book but the Berkeley author and journalist has been writingiction essays and journalism or several years The book is based in part on her work at Oakland International High School since 2011 where the Flores brothers attended classes on and off and generally on her thirteen years of experience working with interviewing and reporting alongside thousands of refugees. Y and Raul because he looks just like his brother ollows close behind away Through the Language Glass from one danger and toward the great American unknownIn this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration journalist Lauren Markhamollows the seventeen year old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert into the hands of immigration authorities and rom there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland CA Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating

Another timely read Two seventeen years old young men twins rom ElSalvador part of a large rather poor Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, familyind they are in danger marked You Are Not A Gadget for death Gangs are notorious one joins or one lives inear Hiding in their house is only a temporary answer Their older brother is already illegally in the states now the twins must join himThis book does an admirable job showing the danger those coming here Sanctuary face in their travels In the detention centers and in trying to achieve s legal status Already own g large sums of money to the coyotes who brought them here they need moneyor lawyers The author also dispels many of the Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, false narratives that surround these immigrants What exactly they get by our government what services they may avail themselves of and the difficulty not living in a country where you are not wantedWe learn of their lives here their struggles coming to terms with theact that they would never again be together with their entire Friendfluence family Working going to school trying to send money home to their strugglingamily and to pay off their debt A heavy burden or these young men who are not alone in this uandaryIn alternating chapters we learn of the situation in El Salvador political violence and the dates of their amily remaining in that country Well done thought provoking hearing Stranger from the other side if you willNarrated wonderfully by Cassandra Campbell 375 stars Publishing on 91217Thank you to First to Reador this ARC in return Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis for an honest review This is an immigration story The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores wholed rom El Salvador to Texas in 2013 It tells of the harrowing experience of life in El Salvador or these twins with their uncle trying to kill them and what their 7000 each bought them in the illegal trip through Mexico and into the United States It tells of their reunion with a older illegal brother their loss of confidence in school while trying to learn the English language It tells of the pull of the gangster life and of young love The ups and downs the highs and depressions of accumulating to a life they dreamed of but barely understood Rent The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, food school work sending money home to pay off their coyoteee It relates the hardships that their To See Paris and Die family left in El Salvador went through trying to pay back the loan shark and keep thearm land they loved and depended on And throughout everything else the entanglement of the judicial system trying to become documented so they could remain in the United States This information was well researched and told in a story like setting It contained a number of Out of China facts relating to illegal immigration It speaks to the wall that Trump insists on building To the hundreds of immigrants that die on their way to what they believe isreedom in the United States What is left behind when someone immigrates and what is Mary Tudor faced at the end of their journey If nothing else is achieved by reading this novel it should be understood that it s not what immigrants are running to but rather what are they runningrom For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well ordered towns such as Berkeley the day to day realities of life as experienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand Most of what we know comes As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower from news reports and occasional expos s about the efforts of the Trump Administration to exp. The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in Californiaighting to survive to stay and to belongGrowing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war Ernesto Flores had always had a The Accidental Tourist fascination with the United States thearaway land of skyscrapers and Nikes while his identical twin Raul never Barcelona felt that northbound tug But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he isorced to lee the countr.

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