Immigration In Alex Espinoza's Still Water Saints

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Immigration For many years the American lifestyle has been envied upon by Hispanics. It has been interpreted as a luxurious and good way of living. Compared to the lifestyles of the citizens of Mexico, I would be confident in saying that this is true. These people envy the lifestyles of California citizens and United States living so much, they are willing to not only harm themselves, but risk their lives to be in our country. Men, women, and children die daily, simply to live among us Americans in the land of the free. Women, young boys and girls are raped, tortured, and sometimes murdered. In Alex Espinoza’s novel, Still Water Saints, he gives many detailed stories of various Hispanic characters, all of which have an odd but significant connection to this small town, with different roles that come together through out the story. The situation that touched me most was Rodrigo Abel Zamora’s relation in the story. He is a young boy from Mexico who wants to travel to the United States to simply live his life there and to be with his brothers who live California. On…show more content…
They say this because of the non-stop war that is taking place. Every day, all day people are trying to constantly cross the border to the United States. Few are lucky enough to do so successfully; others are faced with various horrifying consequences. If caught by the border patrol, and you were fortunate, you would often be transported back to Tijuana. You are left with no food, no money if you had been robbed, no belongings and little clothing, with no place to sleep. This is how the phrase “cartolandia” came along, meaning land of the card board. (“Border Story”, by, Luis Alberto Urrea) This land was inhabited by the people who had tried to cross the border and failed. Now they had no where to live and could not travel back home, for they had no money or a job to do

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