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