I did an interview today with NPR's Talk of the Nation about the use of Enrique's Journey for common reads on college campuses. We talked about, among other things, how universities are willing to teach about controversial issues like immigration.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
My book, Enrique's Journey, has been nominated as one of three finalists for Denver's One Book One Denver program.
I have seen, in many trips to Colorado, the real need for greater discussion about immigrants. If you agree a more robust, nuanced, and open discussion about immigrants would be a good thing, please take 30 seconds to vote to make Enrique's Journey the City of Denver's Book for 2012.
Voting ends June 22, 2012.
Please take a moment now to help make this happen! Ask your friends on Facebook and elsewhere to vote.
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Thank you for your support!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Recently, I spoke with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa to discuss the growing number of minors crossing the U.S-Mexico border without a parent, and illegally. In the past six months, there has been a 93% increase over the same period a year ago of these youths entering the U.S. Listen to us discuss why this influx of young, unaccompanied, immigrants may be happening.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In each of the past three years, the U.S. government has apprehended and detained about 8,000 unaccompanied children entering the this country . In the first quarter of 2012, the government saw a 77% jump in those apprehensions. The government has detained and sheltered more than 4,000 children since October.
Some believe children are fleeing increased gang recruitment in their home countries in Mexico and in Central America. Others say that because of increased border enforcement adults who are in this country without permission cannot easily go back and visit their children, so they are choosing to bring those children north.
Here are a couple of articles that talk about the increase in children coming to the U.S..