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Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “[T]he most famous undocumented immigrant in America”, tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book - at its core - is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

"After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” (Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America)

©2018 Undocumented LLC (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Vargas's performance of his memoir is sincere, intelligent, and thoughtful.... Vargas exhibits passion and composure even as critics exhort him to 'get in line' to become a citizen - though no such path exists from his current status." (AudioFile)

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  • V R. Jasso
  • 12-10-18

Varga's story needs to be read in schools!

I want to thank the author for his vulnerability and courage to share his story and challenge the narrative of immigrants in the United States.
I highly recommend reading/listening to a moving story that has me unsettled with immigration policies.

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  • javier a. torres
  • 25-09-18

Immigration issues

A great story on the daily challenges of people we meet every day, and the need to evaluate our priorities and values as a country.

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  • Christa Hill
  • 12-08-19

Such an emotional ride!

This is the first Audible book I've listened to from beginning to end. Jose shares such an emotional, thoughtful and riveting story. I hope he writes a follow up.

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  • Skip Drake
  • 26-07-19

What would you do?

When I selected the book I understood the subject would be immigration but I wasn't prepared for the difficulty migrants needed to endure. There is no clear path to become a U S citizen, there's no line to stand in, and the possibility of deportation and or arrest lurching everywhere. Jose explains the confusing world he was forced to participate in. The paranoia generated by the citizens of our country is unbelievable. People we need to get our shit together and create a clear path to naturalization. Regardless of what is commonly said immigrants do provide necessary labor in our country, they provide much for us!

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  • Phil
  • 12-10-18

Excellent

This is an eye-opening and ultimately heart-wrenching book, perfectly narrated by the author. Thank you for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-19

Wow

I actually learned something. History. I didn't know the Philippines had been conquered by the Spaniards. if people were here all their lives , cannot speak the language of their birth country, or here longer than twenty years, they should be tested for citizenship.

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  • Mrs.A
  • 17-03-19

Honest and bold!

Very well written! Honest, bold, sad, and challenges us to change our own thinking and understanding of the immigration system with facts. We need to help change the master narrative and continue to advocate for the least among us! Love this book and as a teacher I can’t wait to read this book with my class!!

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  • Jessica Rodriguez
  • 15-10-18

Great Book and Insight

Jose’s story resonates with me, a first generation, American-born daughter of immigrant parents. And, although our stories are different, many of his feelings ring true, especially in today’s political climate. This should be required reading for all who think they have a special claim to America while excluding others.

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  • Cvision
  • 09-10-18

Story of a gift without a return receipt.

So often we as a nation receive what are perfect citizens and returning them is all we can think about. No plan exist to benefit from the wonder of the gift but we are always planning its return or abandonment in the empty lot of immigration policy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

Essential reading for every native born American

Great to hear the author reading his own story in such a clear, heartfelt manner. It made for a riveting listening experience.

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