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Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders Paperback – 30 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (30 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804790515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804790512
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,399,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this insightful and compassionate book, Leisy Abrego sheds light on the devastating and far-reaching effects of the contemporary immigration regime on immigrant families and their relatives back home. The voices of these immigrant families vividly combine with Abrego's sophisticated analysis to make us rethink what it means to live in transnational spaces today. A must read for anyone interested in families and immigration policy." - Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University "Leisy Abrego provides an eloquent, empathic view of the agonizing choices made by transnational parents and the consequences for their children. The poignant quotes - from parents and children alike - along Abrego's thoughtful analysis make this an essential read." - Carola Suarez-Orozco, University of California, Los Angeles "Leisy Abrego renders in heart-wrenching detail what it means to live as a family separated by thousands of miles. Sacrificing Families is a must read on why families choose to become transnational, how they struggle to overcome distance and time, and the United States immigration policies that force this cultural and emotional divide." - Leo R. Chavez, University of California, Irvine, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

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Leisy Abrego is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Why do people migrate without their children and what are the consequences? 25 Aug. 2014
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Abrego’s Sacrificing Families presents a poignant account of families often split by the decision to migrate from El Salvador to the United States and the barriers they encounter in U.S. immigration policies which enforce separations. The author examines what prevents parents from migrating with their children, their experiences with long-term separations, and why some families do better than others. Although the book takes a long view, it offers perspective that would help us understand the recent surge in unaccompanied minors coming to the United States. Many of them have families in this country from which they’ve been separated for years. A great read and very accessible. I recommend it highly.
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