Detentions in Mexico soared under the so-called Southern Border Plan. But Mr. Trump, from the outset of his election campaign, has made a crackdown on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency. His administration has attempted to criminalize those entering the United States illegally, separated parents from their children and drastically slowed down the ability of migrants to apply for asylum in the United States. More recently, his administration has imposed a plan to send thousands of asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their court proceedings. Under sustained pressure from Mr.
Trump, Mexico has been stepping up its own migration enforcement in recent months. As of Monday, the Mexican government had deployed more than 20, security forces to the southern and northern borders to try to impede the passage of undocumented migrants toward the United States, officials said. For all the hard-line policies, hundreds of thousands of migrants continue to embark on the dangerous journey to the United States from Central America and elsewhere. But for every migrant who chooses to take the journey, whether on foot, packed into cargo trucks or on the top of trains, the fear of what lies behind outweighs that which lies ahead.
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Some are fleeing gangs that cripple the region and kill wantonly. Others are seeking an economic lifeline. Such was the case with Mr. By then, his wife had already left her job as a cashier at a Chinese restaurant to take care of their daughter. The couple lived with Mr.
Indeed, members of the family issued a plea to the public on Tuesday, seeking money to help repatriate the bodies of Mr. Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington. Hours later, the Salvadoran government agreed to cover the costs. It's hard not to leave Unsheltered without questioning our own expectations and why we're so afraid to amend them.
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Wesley Yang's debut essay collection takes its name from W. Du Bois' classic The Souls of Black Folk , which coined the term "double consciousness" to refer to the burden on black Americans to constantly consider themselves through their own eyes and through the eyes of their oppressors. Here, Yang looks at the lives of Asian Americans, in essays about the Korean American Virginia Tech shooter and his own resentment about being asked to write about him because of their shared ethnicity , the disconnect between Asian and US education systems, Eddie Huang, and more.
The collection delves, too, into analyses not explicitly about Asian Americans, looking at cultural phenomenons like pick-up artists and "hacktivists. It's the late 18th century and Marie, an odd little orphan who will eventually become Madame Tussaud , is taken under the wing of an eccentric, reclusive wax sculptor named Curtius. When they flee to Paris, they find housing with a widow, who forbids Marie from continuing her apprenticeship under him.
But when Marie catches the eye of the royals, her already charmed life gets even wilder as she moves to Versailles and watches the revolution grow around her. With Little , Edward Carey who worked at Madame Tussauds in his younger years has created something utterly transportive, macabre, and very, very fun. Marie's voice is captivating, and her world, especially the characters who populate it, is impossible to look away from. It's the kind of book you want to shove into the hands of all your friends, just so you have someone to gush about it with.
In her graphic memoir Passing for Human , Liana Finck literally illustrates the struggle of understanding our lives as a narrative, exploring her and her family's history in a series of false starts and interruptions. Each "restart" of Passing for Human adds another layer to Finck's profound inward analysis, creating a full, messy portrait of a person who's always felt on the outskirts of normalcy. Her art echoes her mind — sparse line drawings in moments of loss, dreamy scenes in moments of discovery — and in channeling her anxieties onto the page, she invites readers to join her.
When Stanley Huang discovers he's dying of pancreatic cancer, and his family — wife, ex-wife, children, and grandchildren — come together to prepare, two questions linger among them: Is he really as rich as he's always boasted? And how much of that wealth will be mine? It's a story of trust in both senses of the word, and Wang guides us effortlessly through that intertwining mess of love and resentment that only family can create. She does so against the backdrop of Silicon Valley wealth and pretensions, perfectly skewering its and our culture of excess.
These stories center on women of color who resist easy categorization — a therapist who is drawn to but disgusted by her young patient, a scholar desperate to justify her affair with her terminally ill best friend's husband, a woman remembering the girlfriend she abandoned when she accepted her arranged marriage. Bhuvaneswar fully inhabits them, breathing life into their dissonant, beautiful, complete selves. Reading it is a thrill, sure to leave you breathless. In her novella Death and Other Holidays , Marci Vogel follows year-old April throughout the year following the death of her beloved stepfather, Wilson.
In hypnotic and elegant prose, Vogel weaves the present and the past, exploring April's relationship with Wilson, and the gaps he filled after her father killed himself when she was We see, too, how her grief morphs as she falls in and out of brief affairs with not-so-great men, how it begins to settle into something more concrete and manageable as she eventually falls in love. It's a stunning meditation on loss, love, and our powerlessness in the face of time — for better or worse, life carries on. These stories exist in a sort of hyperreality, ordinary characters living in the not-so-unbelievable, Black Mirror —esque future of a culture that doesn't hesitate to commodify cruelty or monetize revolution.
See: "Zimmer Land," the story about an amusement park that allows guests to play-act their most violent urges. Adjei-Brenyah skewers the ways we brush past racism and injustice, making the absurdity of the rhetoric around both impossible to ignore. Sarah Smarsh's Kansas roots go back five generations. Her father and his family were wheat farmers, and her mother, like many of the women who came before her, got pregnant with Sarah when she was a teen. Smarsh's memoir Heartland is a poignant look at growing up in a town 30 miles from the nearest city Wichita ; learning the value and satisfaction of hard, blue-collar work, and then learning that the rest of the country see that work as something to be pitied; watching her young mother's frustration with living at the "dangerous crossroads of gender and poverty" and understanding that such a fate might be hers, too.
This idea — this projection into the future — is the thread that Smarsh so gracefully weaves throughout the narrative; she addresses the hypothetical child she might or might not eventually have an unnamed "you" throughout and in doing so addresses all that the next generation Middle Americans living in poverty will face. The chaotic tone of Olivia Laing's Crudo — a short novel spanning the summer of in the life of a newlywed writer — is set on page one, sentence one: "Kathy, by which I mean I, was getting married. This makes sense considering as a whole, and its unrelenting onslaught of war threats, diminishing resources, maddening tweets, and general global panic.
For Kathy, that chaos is inescapable despite leaving New York, lying poolside, and getting married and reminiscing about infidelity. It exists in her mind, and therefore on the page, in a novel that is equal parts brilliant and bewildering. Kiese Laymon's memoir is a reckoning, pulling from his own experience growing up poor and black in Jackson, Mississippi, and tracking the most influential relationships, for better or worse, of his life: with his brilliant but struggling single mother, his loving grandma, his body and the ways he nurtures and punishes it, his education and creativity, and the white privilege that drives the world around him.
Through this exploration — and with shrewd analysis, sharp wit, and great vulnerability — Laymon forces the reader to fully consider the effects of the nation's inability to reconcile its pride and ambition with its shameful history. Thank god for the posthumous revival of Lucia Berlin — how sad it would be to have never experienced her distinctive, vibrant voice.
In these 22 stories, we see more of her world through fiction reflective of her own life in Texas, Chile, and Mexico. Her characters are utterly captivating — the moneymaking kids, the retired ambassador, the musicians, the actors, the addicts — and her scenery envelops you.
But it's the early stories, those that follow the meandering adventures of kids just trying to fill their days, that are most alive.
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Desire and death intermingle underneath every poem in Sam Sax's Bury It. It is an elegy for queerness, which so much of the world seems intent on destroying, written with the spate of young gay suicides during the summer of in mind. The poems describe death by desire, specifically homosexual desire, but also desire for death — which is to say desire for pain or release. Sax writes both concepts so gently, with such heart and mastery and never veering into the maudlin, because ultimately the book is for those he's writing about: the queer folks who were taught early on that their desire was shameful, punishable.
Sax writing about this sexual desire — about queer bodies — is defiant and celebratory.
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Death haunts each page, but what better way to really understand the magic of being alive? Good and Mad is Rebecca Traister's ode to women's rage — an extensively researched history and analysis of its political power. And she proves, vigorously, why it's so important for women to own and harness their rage — how any successful revolution depends on it. The book looks inward and outward, both intimate and expansive — highlighting the shared frustrations and fears of fighting prejudice and systemic bias, while shouting what should be obvious: Mexican immigrants like any population are not a monolith.
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