The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story❁ [EPUB] ✹ The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story By Aaron Bobrow-Strain ➚ – Heartforum.co.uk What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the US immigration system When Aida Hernandez was born in in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby US border was little than a worn down fence Eight y What happens and Life PDF/EPUB ¿ when an undocumented teen mother takes on the US immigration system When Aida Hernandez was born inin Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby US The Death ePUB × border was little than a worn down fence Eight years later, Aida s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona By then, Death and Life PDF ↠ the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in AmericaUndocumented, Aida fought to make her way She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City But life had other plans Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her questTaking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a forgiving border With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.

Aaron Bobrow and Life PDF/EPUB ¿ Strain is a professor of politics at Whitman College, where he teaches courses dealing with food, immigration, and the US Mexico border His The Death ePUB × writing has appeared in Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, and Gastronomica Along with The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez A Border Story, Death and Life PDF ↠ he is the author of White Bread A Social History of the Store Bought Loaf and Intimate Enemies Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas In the s, he worked on the US Mexico border as an activist and educator He is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State.

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story MOBI
    The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story MOBI having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City But life had other plans Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her questTaking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a forgiving border With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same."/>
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  • 432 pages
  • The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story
  • Aaron Bobrow-Strain
  • 07 October 2019
  • 0374717176

10 thoughts on “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

  1. Nancy says:

    The House on Mango Street changed Aida Hernandez s life In her darkest hours, she remembered the words of hope I have gone a long way to come back Aida wanted to dance She wanted to finish high school and go to college She wanted to become a therapist She wanted to give her son a good home She wanted to love and be loved Her hopes were just like yours and mine.But Aida s life heldhorrors than any one body should be able to endure She had survived even death but suffered from crip The House on Mango Street changed Aida Hernandez s life In her darkest hours, she remembered the words of hope I have gone a long way to come back Aida wanted to dance She wanted to finish high school and go to college She wanted to become a therapist She wanted to give her son a good home She wanted to love and be loved Her hopes were just like yours and mine.But Aida s life heldhorrors than any one body should be able to endure She had survived even death but suffered from crippling CPTSD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder She came from a legacy of abuse but a knife attack tipped her over the edge It only took one mistake, a 6 mistake, to remove Aida from her son and family, locked up for months in a women s prison They were not given tampons, or enough toilet paper, or adequate wholesome food There were not enough beds or blankets to keep warm And that is when Aida saw The House on Mango Street on the prison library shelf and it started her reclamation and a life of helping the other women with her.Aaron Bobrow Strain s book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez brings to life unforgettable women, and through their stories, explores the failure of Prevention Through Deterrence which posits that if the journey is horrific enough people will not come Women suffer the most in this system He shows how American economic and political policies and the desire for cheap labor created the influx of illegal immigrants Immigrants in detention centers are treated like hardened criminals with shackles, solitary confinement, lack of medical care, meager inedible food, and a scarcity of hygiene supplies They have no legal rights They are provided no legal counsel Border Patrol and detention centers have created jobs and business paid for by the government Who are the people seeking refuge in America What drives them from their homeland What options are available for legal immigration What happens to those who are apprehended This book will answer all your questions But you may not like the answers.Justice How many times have we forgotten this value The proceeds from this book will be shared between Aida Hernandez, the Chiricahua Community Health Centers to support emergency services for people dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault, and the author to offset costs of writing the book Which for me means an instant add to my to buy list.I thank the publisher who provided a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

  2. Holly says:

    This initially stood out to me because of the reversal of life and death in the title It s required reading, not just in the age of Trump, but in the age of humanity, or an age where humanity is the same as it s always been, cruel and binary Aaron Bobrow Strain has an immense gift for nonfiction prose, and Aida Hernandez is well served here, if not in life This is a book I ll be recommending for the rest of my life Claro que s , I wish I wouldn t have to.

  3. Shannon says:

    Aida s story makes clear that if we care about women, we must change our immigration system and policies We can t talk about border security without talking about the abuse and sexual assault that often propel undocumented women to cross the border, the abuse and assault they so often experience in the crossing, and their particular vulnerability to abuse while living in the US undocumented Long before Trump, the US engaged in a policy of deterrence that purposely pushed migrants into the mo Aida s story makes clear that if we care about women, we must change our immigration system and policies We can t talk about border security without talking about the abuse and sexual assault that often propel undocumented women to cross the border, the abuse and assault they so often experience in the crossing, and their particular vulnerability to abuse while living in the US undocumented Long before Trump, the US engaged in a policy of deterrence that purposely pushed migrants into the most dangerous terrain, in hopes that they would give up in their attempts to cross But for women separated from their children, or trying to support their children, or fleeing abuse and potentially murder, the toughest terrain just isn tterrifying than remaining in their home countries Trump has taken what were always horrific policies and carried them to evenhorrific extremes, so thatwomen find themselves making impossible choices with even fewer pathways toward help What I love most about this book is the way that it refuses to engage with that rotten dichotomy that so often dominates the immigration debate the good deserving immigrant vs the bad undeserving criminal immigrant Aida s life, like most people s lives who find themselves in desperate circumstances, is muchcomplex than that binary allows for She is a devoted mother, a loving daughter and sister and granddaughter, and she also breaks the law and makes a whole lot of very bad choices Her story underscores the fact that we need to talk not about policies that serve angelic, perfect, mythical people, but about policies that serve real humans because real humans make mistakes and mess up, but that doesn t make them unworthy of support and the chance to live dignified lives When I teach Enrique s Journey, by Sonia Nazario, my students often say, at the end, that all Americans should read that book To understand the special dangers that plague women as migrants, everyone should read this book as well

  4. Elizabeth☮ says:

    The author took the story of one woman to explore the bigger plight of immigrants from Mexico Aida s story is complicated and nuanced as is the story of the border When I picked this up from my holds shelf at the library, I didn t realize it was non fiction That made itcompelling to me I liked that Aida s life story is told, but I felt some of the tangents took me out of the moment We get her father s story and the counselor s story this is the person Aida starts to confide in once s The author took the story of one woman to explore the bigger plight of immigrants from Mexico Aida s story is complicated and nuanced as is the story of the border When I picked this up from my holds shelf at the library, I didn t realize it was non fiction That made itcompelling to me I liked that Aida s life story is told, but I felt some of the tangents took me out of the moment We get her father s story and the counselor s story this is the person Aida starts to confide in once she goes through dealing with PTSD , but these stories are told in a way that don t add much to Aida s history This book is here at the right time Aida lived in Douglas, Arizona for much of her life As I started reading, The Daily podcast had an episode with a border agent that works in this city It was interesting to hear his perspective in comparison to this book In the end, I m glad I read it as I learned muchabout the history of the border with Mexico This is not an issue with easy sides

  5. Joann says:

    I was really anxious to start reading this true story but be forewarned that it is almost to chapter 12 till the real story starts Yes, Aida is mentioned in a few sentences but the beginning isor less a history lesson but once the author gets to the story and stays with it, it is an engrossing read When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S border was littlethan a worn down fence Eight years later, Aida s mother took her and her siblings to live i I was really anxious to start reading this true story but be forewarned that it is almost to chapter 12 till the real story starts Yes, Aida is mentioned in a few sentences but the beginning isor less a history lesson but once the author gets to the story and stays with it, it is an engrossing read When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S border was littlethan a worn down fence Eight years later, Aida s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way She learned English, and after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City But life had other plans Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey Aida has a genius for survival but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other characters, her story reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once aforgiving border This book was very well researched and well written The ending has tons of articles and books that you could doresearch on this topic if you wanted to do so I bumped it down to a 3 star because of all the stuff in the beginning

  6. Michelle says:

    Didnt like at all.

  7. Jill Dobbe says:

    An incredible story based on the life of Aida Hernandez, a Mexican woman who made her way to the U.S only to experience one disaster after another, among them abuse, prison, homelessness, joblessness and poverty The one shining light in her life was her son and she did everything she possibly could to keep them together.The author learned of Aida and her story and through many interviews, along with his own research, turned her story, and the story of others, into a book A timely border story An incredible story based on the life of Aida Hernandez, a Mexican woman who made her way to the U.S only to experience one disaster after another, among them abuse, prison, homelessness, joblessness and poverty The one shining light in her life was her son and she did everything she possibly could to keep them together.The author learned of Aida and her story and through many interviews, along with his own research, turned her story, and the story of others, into a book A timely border story that incorporates the history and difficulties of Mexicans migrating to the U.S Aida s story, and others who tried and failed to relocate to the U.S., will resonate with readers who also follow the U.S government s stand on immigration, a system that continues to be broken.Reading this book, it s hard to believe everything that Aida went through It s not an easy life for immigrants, even once they get to the U.S Aida, however, persevered and built a life for her son and for herself I only hope that she has finally found some peace and stability wherever she is living now.Thank you Netgalley

  8. Catherine says:

    Aida Hernandez s mother brought her from Mexico to Douglas, Arizona at the age of 9 Ada lived in Douglas until, as a young woman, she was deported In Agua Prieta, Mexico, Aida was attacked and beaten so severely she was briefly thought to be dead hence the title death and life She was taken to the U.S for medical treatment on a humanitarian visa, which she overstayed Eventually she was sent to a detention center in Arizona after well impulsively doing something dumb The book illustra Aida Hernandez s mother brought her from Mexico to Douglas, Arizona at the age of 9 Ada lived in Douglas until, as a young woman, she was deported In Agua Prieta, Mexico, Aida was attacked and beaten so severely she was briefly thought to be dead hence the title death and life She was taken to the U.S for medical treatment on a humanitarian visa, which she overstayed Eventually she was sent to a detention center in Arizona after well impulsively doing something dumb The book illustrates the overwhelming amount of domestic abuse that undocumented women experience, with partners taunting them that they will be deported if they call the police Besides Aida s compelling story, the immigration experiences of two other women, Rosie and Ema, are covered What sets this book apart from other immigration stories is the inclusion of comprehensive history of U.S immigration policy over the past 25 years

  9. MCZ Reads says:

    The book tackles a wide breadth of material, and it does so with grace The author provides historical context so the reader understands how the current policies regarding the US Mexican border came into place Aida s story highlights the failure of policies and those writing and enforcing them to account for the complexity of the lives they affect I did feel that some of the information about Ra l and Ema distracted from the story, and I wish they had been included in a smoother way But overa The book tackles a wide breadth of material, and it does so with grace The author provides historical context so the reader understands how the current policies regarding the US Mexican border came into place Aida s story highlights the failure of policies and those writing and enforcing them to account for the complexity of the lives they affect I did feel that some of the information about Ra l and Ema distracted from the story, and I wish they had been included in a smoother way But overall this book did a wonderful way of showing a heartbreaking problem without ever condemning the situation as hopeless

  10. Jack says:

    Humans make mistakes Immigrants cannot This important book tells the story of a single undocumented mother as she is pulled back and forth across the U.S Mexico border The author does a really exceptional job in illustrating the cruelty of shortcutting due process in immigration enforcement and the creeping criminalisation of civil immigration law Well worth reading especially amidst today s ongoing immigration debate.

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