There's No Jose Here (Paperback)

Following the Hidden Lives of Mexican Immigrants

By Gabriel Thompson

Bold Type Books, 9781560259909, 256pp.

Publication Date: December 21, 2006

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Description

Mexican immigration has become one of the most polarizing issues and will remain a central issue in the coming years. Once Mexicans had a sizable presence in a few select states like California, Texas, Arizona and New York; today the fastest growing populations are in places like North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.. What motivates people to risk their very lives, and why don't Mexicans just "play by the rules" and enter legally? How do they cope, living in a strange country among people that speak a language they can't understand? And after everything they have gone through, do they see immigration as a blessing, a curse, or something in between? There's No Jose Here allows Mexicans in the U.S. to speak in their own words. The central narrative follows Enrique, a 34-year-old livery cab driver who came to the US illegally at the age of 16 and has since seen his daughter lead poisoned, his mother abandoned in Mexico by his father, his cousin murdered on the streets of Brooklyn, and his best friend deployed to Iraq. This book gives readers a look into these stories as people struggle to survive in a new and often hostile land.


About the Author

Gabriel Thompson has written for many publications including The Nation, New York magazine, In These Times, Brooklyn Rail and Our Time Press. His organizing activities have been featured in the New York Times, Daily News, Village Voice and many other media outlets. Thompson is a seasoned public speaker who has led workshops on immigration across the country. He lives in New York City.