The Desperation of Mexican Immigrants in "The Devil's Highway"
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The paper describes how Luis Urrea in "The Devil's Highway" tells the story of what Mexican immigrants will risk to come to the United States and conveys the desperation of real immigrants as well as their dreams, their courage, and their humanity. The paper looks at how Urrea tells the story of a group of 26 Mexican men who in May of 2001 crossed the U.S.-Mexican border into Arizona, a portion of the desert in that state called the Devil's Highway, with only 12 men making it safely across. The paper explains that Urrea's goal is to help his readers understand what would make these men risk death and what they hoped to find in the promised land to the North, and, to demonstrate what is wrong with U.S. immigrations policy. The paper shows how by the end of the book, we as readers can feel the physical agony of each of these men as they find themselves caught in what must have seemed like an unending desert, too far in to go back, deserted by their God and betrayed by their hopes.
From the Paper:"Americans have national stories that we tell about each other. That we are hard-working. That we are practical, no-nonsense people who can conquer any problem. We're a can-do nation focused on the possible and the future. And part of the reason for all of these positive attributes - and this is probably the most important story that Americans tell about themselves - is that we are a nation of immigrants. Our diversity is our strength.
"Well, yes. But just as important as that national narrative about how immigration is the basis of our country is the fact that in predictable waves across American history are anti-immigrant backlashes in which the newest wave of immigrants - whether Irish or German or Eastern European or Mexican - become the scapegoats of the moment, blamed for everything from rising crime rates to rising unemployment rates to failing schools. At the current moment in American history, as we tumble into the second decade of the 21st-century, Mexican immigrants are the scapegoats, the victims of increasing cultural history and anti-immigrant legislation (Harris, 2002).
"Luis Urrea wrote a book about the experiences of a handful of those immigrants. The Devil's Highway (2004) tells the story of what Mexican immigrants will risk to come to the United States."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harris, N. (2002). Thinking the Unthinkable: The Immigration Myth Exposed. New York: I.B. Tauris.
- Urrea, L. A. (2004). The devil's highway. Boston: Back Bay Press.
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