Grace Halsell's "The Illegals"

Grace Halsell's "The Illegals"

Author: 
Grace Halsell

From the dust jacket: "Grace Halsell has been an illegal alien three times while doing research for The Illegals. Twice she swam the Rio Grande, and once she crawled under a fence at night and hid from Customs officials in the dreaded Smugglers Canyon. Literally doing field work, she picked onions on a New York farm with migrant laborers and, when they were arrested, listened to them in their prison cells. She also interviewed the whites of the Sun Belt, who fear the rising tide of Hispanic immigration and its potential for violence."

Book Excerpt: 
"And it is for my understanding that I want to 'pass' as a wetback. I know that no person born with white skin can know the discrimination that a person born with color suffers in white America. But I can try to know. And I can know, to some extent. Already, I have begun to question: Why am I legal and millions of others illegal? It is human to have a dream and try to fulfill it."
Year of Publication: 
Sun, 1978-01-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Stein & Day
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Stein & Day