The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Farrar. Apr. 2019. 432p. notes. ISBN 9780374191979. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374717179. SOC SCI
On the surface, this compelling account traces an undocumented teen mother and her struggles navigating life in the face of violence, assault, and deportation. However, Bobrow-Strain (politics, Whitman Coll.; White Bread) does not present Aida Hernandez's story as a representation of the immigrant experience, but more of a mirror, or prism, on attitudes and policies concerning U.S. immigration. In relating Aida's tale, the author paints a vivid and revealing look at the policies and actions along the border that create a system designed to make it virtually impossible for people like Aida to survive. Most revealing is the examination of who stands to gain by maintaining a state of crisis along the border, not only those who stand to lose, like Aida.
VERDICT Bobrow-Strain crafts a gripping narrative that is highly recommended for anyone looking for a better understanding of the policies and emotions surrounding the current debate over immigration and border security. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]
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