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Ecause he looks just like his brother Far Away Brothers PDFEPUB #236 follows close behind away from one danger and toward the great American unknownIn this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration journalist Lauren Markham follows 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 Far Away Brothers Two Young Kindle and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland CA Soon these unaccompanied minors are navi To solve a problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes That is a hard thing reuiring work and effort and creative thinking Why not just make the problem illegalWe have been trying that and it does not seem to work Just say no to sex or drugs prison sentences for drug possession throwing a pregnant teenage daughter out of the house none of these ever solved anythingIllegal immigration has become the issue of the day under the present administration Migrants have been arrested abused sent back and yet come Build a wall we are told that will keep them out I doubt it There is a reason why people leave their homeland and family and the reasons are rarely triteIn her timely book The Far Away Brothers Lauren Markham tells the story of the twin Flores brothers who flee El Salvador to join their undocumented migrant brother in America We learn about their lives in El Salvador about their families the challenges they faced on their journey north and the multiple difficulties of their lives in the United StatesMarkham who has reported on undocumented immigration for a decade spent two years researching for this book plus she draws from her experience working with immigrant students at Oakland International High School She chose to write about twins to illustrate how each immigrant has their own motivation and individual response to the experienceIn the past the draw to the United States was for economic opportunity and security Today migrants leave their homes to escape the domination and violence of the gangs who have taken over power Last year 60000 unaccompanied minors entered the United States most from Guatemala Honduras and El Salvador the murder capital of the world When one of the Flores twins is targeted by their uncle s gang he decides he must leave to survive and his twin brother joins him The boys family puts their livelihood at risk by offering the their land as security to raise money for transport to the border They falsely assume the debt can be paid off uickly once the boys get jobs but the interest blows their debt up to 20000The journey leaves its psychic scars one twin has nightmares and cannot talk about what he had seen To stay in America the boys must be in school under their older brother s authority Somehow they must also earn money to start paying off their debt to the coyotes They are teenagers too who are finally free and they don t always handle that freedom well Readers may not always like the boys but hopefully they will understand their fears confusion and motivationsThe author is not afraid to offer a paragraph on American policies that have contributed to the Central American catastrophe by supplying weapons and by creating free trade deals that hurt small farmers Then there is the legacy of large corporations that bought up land for farming controlling resources and the economic benefitsAs Markham writes People migrate now for the same reason they always have survival Investment in improving educational and economic opportunities addressing the root causes of migration would be a better use of federal funds than building a wallI read Eniue s Journey by Sonia Nazario about ten years ago Here is what she had to say about The Far Away Brothers PowerfulFocusing primarily on one family s struggle to survive in violence riddled El Salvador by sending some of its members illegally to the USthis compellingly intimate narrativekeenly examines the plights of juveniles sent to America without adult supervisionOne of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario s Enriue s Journey KirkusI received a free ebook through First to Read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

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

The deeply reported story Away Brothers PDF #198 of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California fighting 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 fascination with the The Far EpubUnited States the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes while his identical twin Raul never felt that northbound tug But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country and Raul b Another timely read Two seventeen years old young men twins from ElSalvador part of a large rather poor family find they are in danger marked for death Gangs are notorious one joins or one lives in fear 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 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 money for lawyers The author also dispels many of the 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 the fact that they would never again be together with their entire family Working going to school trying to send money home to their struggling family and to pay off their debt A heavy burden for 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 family remaining in that country Well done thought provoking hearing from the other side if you willNarrated wonderfully by Cassandra Campbell

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Gating a new school in a new Far Away Brothers Two Young Kindle language working to pay down their mounting coyote debt and facing their day in immigration court while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers girls grades Facebook with only each other for 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 experienc This very timely story focuses on the travails of twin 17 year old brothers escaping from the gangs and violence of El Salvador to go north Their older brother their far 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 family 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 for part of the difficult trip When they arrive at the border they are kept in the border camps for 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 far from 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 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% They find 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 feel that they are lucky to be here in the US away from the gangs poverty and violence back homeThe book is well researched and written Focusing on the plight of just these 2 boys and their families 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 faced 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 for anyone in our government seeking to craft a truly humane and just immigration system


10 thoughts on “The Far Away Brothers Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

  1. says:

    Another timely read Two seventeen years old young men twins from ElSalvador part of a large rather poor family find they are in danger marked for death Gangs are notorious one joins or one lives in fear 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 face in their travels In the detention

  2. says:

    I REALLY like this book It is informative about the situation in El Salvador about unaccompanied migrant minors in the US and is als

  3. says:

    375 stars Publishing on 91217Thank you to First to Read for this ARC in return for an honest review This is an immigration story The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores who fled from El Salvador to Texas in 2013 It tells of the

  4. says:

    To solve a problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes That is a hard thing reuiring work and effort and creative thi

  5. says:

    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 from news reports and occasional exposés about the efforts of the Trump Administration to expel what Right Wing politi

  6. says:

    This story deserves so much attention that it has gotten Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came acr

  7. says:

    This very timely story focuses on the travails of twin 17 year old brothers escaping from the gangs and violence of El Salvador to go north Thei

  8. says:

    It's an interesting story the only reason I kept reading but the writing was very bad 3 things annoyed me the most Way too much unimportant statistics made it seem like a research paper at times No ending at all Too many unn

  9. says:

    Thanks to Crown Publishing for this free review copyHeartbreaking Timely Reuired reading for anyone looking to better understand the reasons that so many Central American citizens are fleeing their home countries to come to the Unit

  10. says:

    35 starsThe Far Away Brothers is an account of the horrific life led by thousands in El Salvador It's about the i

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