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Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Po
Transcript of Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Po
"In essence, an immigrant with authorization to be in the United States can still be deported just about anytime for a wide array of reasons, from marriage fraud to not notifying the government of a change of address. Those from less economically privileged nations of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa are far more likely to be deported than immigrants from European nations" (Patel, 2013, p. 33).
What Does This Mean?
Immigrants who come into this country with a large amount of money have a better chance of becoming legal U.S. citizens.
Even after one has become a legal citizen, it is easy for them to lose their citizenship
America sells a dream; it's a dream of freedom and happiness for all. Sadly, this dream comes with a lot of strings attached to it.
"...the fallacy of the American Dream—or the American Hallucination, as one of my college classes renamed this ideology—that if you work hard, play by the rules and are a good person, society will reward you (Patel, 2013, p. 105)"
Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion
Using a balanced combination of fact and narrative, Lisa (Leigh) Patel shares the personal experiences of youths who came to America hoping to achieve their dreams. The youths, however, found that being a immigrant (whether documented or undocumented) in America was nothing like what they imagined.
What does this mean?
The “American Dream” is never a reality that immigrants can obtain. This "dream" has become a hallucination for almost everyone minus that small percentage that seem to obtain it.
Immigrants work hard, and often sacrifice more than most to obtain a better life for their families. Many are undocumented, and this making dreams and a better life difficult for themselves and often times their children.
Are you Smarter
than an American?
This book reinforces the idea of teaching the whole child. To do this, we must get to know our students on a personal level. We must also have mutual respect for our students. The youths in this book spoke to Patel because they trusted her and respected her. While she was not always able to provide an answer for them, they new Patel would do everything in her power to help. That is what we, as future educators, need to do!
It's important that we are reflective on our actions and decisions as teachers. We must make sure that our decisions for our students are based on concrete results and not assumptions or biases.