"Deborah A. Boehm and Susan J. Terrio have assembled a powerful and heart-wrenching collection of essays that elucidate the myriad ways young people’s lives are shaped, and often devastated, by the immigration laws and enforcement practices of the United States. This volume brings together the voices of leading immigration scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by our punitive immigration laws. This assemblage of gripping narratives will be a valuable read for anyone wishing to know more about how immigration laws affect youth, and consequently, the future of this nation. Those who teach courses on immigration, race, ethnicity, children and youth, as well as justice will find this volume to be a compelling addition to their course."
—Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California, Merced
"Illegal Encounters examines the experiences of young migrants, bringing critical social, cultural, and legal perspectives to issues as current as today’s headlines. The collection of scholars is superb, and includes authors who themselves migrated to the U.S. as children. Rarely does an edited volume result in such integrated and coherent chapters to produce an instant classic that challenges what we think we know about the migration experience. Illegal Encounters is a must read for anyone interested in how young people manage the perilous journey across borders and the U.S. legal system."
—Leo R. Chavez, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation
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