As other teens returned home from school, thirteen-year-old José Silva headed for work at a restaurant, where he would remain until 2:00 a.m. Francisca Herrera, a tomato picker, was exposed to pesticides while she was pregnant and gave birth to a baby without arms or legs. Silva and Herrera immigrated illegally to the United States, and their experiences are far from unique. In this comprehensive, balanced overview of the immigration crisis, Nancy Brown Diggs examines the abusive, unethical conditions under which many immigrants work, and explores how what was once a border problem now extends throughout the country. Drawing from a wide spectrum of sources, Hidden in the Heartland demonstrates how the current situation is untenable for both illegal immigrants and American citizens. A vivid portrait of the immigration crisis, the book makes a passionate case for confronting this major human rights issue—a threat to the very unity of the country.
Hidden in the Heartland
The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
186 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Nancy Brown Diggs is a writer and lecturer whose interest in other cultures has taken here around the globe. Her previous books include Meet the Japanese, Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience, and Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men.