Crossing Over A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail The U S Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world breached daily by Mexicans in search of work Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach the other side are branded

  • Title: Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
  • Author: Rubén Martínez
  • ISBN: 9780312421236
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The U.S Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach the other side are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected Crossing Over puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Ch vez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost thThe U.S Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach the other side are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected Crossing Over puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Ch vez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost three sons in a tragic border accident Mart nez follows the migrants progress from their small southern Mexican town of Cher n to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri where far from joining the melting pot, Mart nez argues, the seven million migrants in the U.S are creating a new culture that will alter both Mexico and the United States as the two countries come increasingly to resemble each other.

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    About "Rubén Martínez"

    1. Rubén Martínez

      Rub n Mart nez, an Emmy winning journalist and poet, is the author of Crossing Over, Desert America and The New Americans He lives in Los Angeles, where he holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount Universitycmillan author rubenm

    201 thoughts on “Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail”

    1. This book takes brings you on both sides of the border, painting incredibly real and detailed portraits of the people who cross it. Most importantly, it provides the opportunity to see the crossing from their perspective, and brings you to feel the pain and sacrifice of their journey. This is a story most Americans could relate to looking back to their own family's migration, so long as they aren't as unintelligent as Donald Trump and his small-minded, low-I.Q. supporters.


    2. I immediately hit it off with this guy. I can relate to his experience in many ways. Identifying oneself as Mexican-American is tricky (as I'm sure is true for most second-& third- generation immigrants), with complexities of culture, privilege & lack of it, class all weaving themselves in to inform where you now stand & how others perceive you. Little bits of his story, like the men singing "Volver, Volver" at a bar hit home for me, as that is the song of Mexicans who have lost thei [...]


    3. As much as I am a fan of literary exposition to "paint a picture", if you will, there is a certain point that it can be considered overkill, perhaps even just rambling.The underlying story here involves a horrific vehicle accident in California in the 1990s where several undocumented migrant workers were killed. Martinez focuses most of his energy on one particular family, and spends time in various places that the Chavez family lived and worked in, interviewing friends, family, and employers.Th [...]


    4. At a time when our relationship to Latin America has become a toxic element in our politics, this remains a must-read book. Martínez is a beautiful writer and gets into the details of how people have come back and forth across the border for centuries. He also uncovers the hypocrisy of depending on migrant labor while at the same time posturing about "the Wall." There will never be a Wall; and there seems to be no hope of a sane and humane immigration reform. The sad truth of our times is that [...]


    5. Very well written non-fiction book about the Chavez family from Cheran in southern Mexico and how they are drawn back and force across the border with the US. When Martinez published this, he was a journalist working from California who set off to do a story about three Chavez brothers who died in a traffic accident outside of San Diego. What he gives us is a story of life in the twentieth century post the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986 for Mexican citizens who come into the United States to farm t [...]


    6. I liked this book and it's a "keeper". Historical and current stories about Mexican immigrant families and their trek to the US.


    7. This book was wonderfully detailed with its imagery. I love how the author described the minute details of the Mexican people, festivals, and landscapes. That being said, the writing was good. Unfortunately, I had difficulty following the plot-line of the men and women crossing over the border in general. At one point I got confused thinking that the author would be crossing over with the illegal immigrants but it seemed that he crossed over on his own and went from being "one of them" to a casu [...]



    8. This book by Chicano author Ruben Martinez, explained the lifestyle of the Purepecha in the city of Cherán, Michoacan, Mexico. He explains their lifestyle from both their homeland, and their new home. Martinez did a good job explaining the lifestyle of Mexican immigrants from Michoacan, and even all over the country, and he showed how painful, hard, and challenging their lives were after crossing the border. He also explains the tradition, ways of living, and the origins of the Purepecha. This [...]


    9. The most personal, in-depth look at the illegal immigration issue I've ever read. Throughout the book, Ruben Martinez follows members of the Chavez family from their home in Cheran, Mexico, across the border to the United States. Along the way, he takes time to describe the state of rural Mexican towns, the techniques and secrets to getting safely across the US border, and the wide variety of characters the Chavez family encounters on the way. What surprised me most about this book was learning [...]


    10. Martinez has written one of the best, most humane accounts of illegal immigration from Mexico into the United States. I especially appreciated how this book is laid out. In the first half, he describes his experiences visiting a small provincial Mexican town. The people there are poor, and the economy is almost entirely driven by work performed in the United States. American inner city culture has returned to this small town with migrants, who come back whenever they can. There are tensions ther [...]


    11. A searing, heartfelt account of the struggles of immigrants from a small town in Michoacan, Mexico who travel thousands of miles and brave countless dangers to earn their living in America. An important book because it gives a voice to those frequently lampooned and attacked in the press and in the presidential debates--the illegal immigrant--who serves as the backbone to our country in many ways. Martinez's perspective is strong; he's criss-crossing the country with the migrants, often times ru [...]


    12. I think the author wrote this book to show how people from Mexico feel and see when they come from Mexico to the United States. The part of the book that catches my intention was when the people from Mexico come over here and see how the United States is different. When I was reading the book I could see how the people from Mexico felt and saw how hard it is to come to the United States. My favorite line from the book is I am close to the line. The mostly invisible line that stretches two thousa [...]


    13. Un libro maravilloso, interesante, y conmovedor. El acontecimiento que precipita la historia es la muerte trágica de tres inmigrantes méxicanos en camino a los Estados Unidos, pero el libro va más allá de este evento para presentar varias historias de inmigración. Martínez viajó a various lugares y presenta historias de éxito y fracaso, vida y muerte, esperanza y desesperación. El mensaje implícito es que estos inmigrantes no son “ilegales,“ son personas con sueños y familias, pro [...]


    14. While the effect of Mexican immigration on the U.S. has been extensively analyzed and debated, most Americans are ignorant about its effect on Mexican families and towns. Ruben Martinez embedded himself with a Mexican family and a Michoacán village to chronicle the way Mexican migration to the U.S. has impacted both countries and both peoples. A highly recommended study of clashing--and comingling--cultures.


    15. I really enjoyed this book. It hit home for me and it reminded me of my journey from Mexico to Los Angeles when I was 8. The prejudices that occur on both sides of the border once you leave your home town are clear in this book and real. I highly recommend it to anyone who has left their home town.


    16. This book was fascinating in that Martinez explored all different types of border crossers and all different types of communities in the U.S. where border crossers find work. It is also a great road trip book, which is ironic because the entire book was essentially born out of tragedy along one of the highways that illegal immigrants use to get to the U.S.


    17. I read this book in school and really loved it. In addition to being a tremendously insightful account of migrant life, it's also written with terrific style and lyricism. The imagery he uses to present latin american culture was brilliant and his arguments clearly ellucidated the cause and effect migrant work has on the world's economy. 5 stars!


    18. 4 stars because it took me a while. It's just sad how people have to choose to leave their countries of birth in search of a better life. And even sadder when the country you go to exploits you. And you take it. What else can you do? "ere is no kindness in the heart of strangers." - Ruben Martinez


    19. I read this book for class, and I found it really well written and interesting, because it examines Mexican migrant workers from the vantage point of a small, poor town in Mexico. I know a lot about Mexican-American immigration from the US side, but I had never really learned much about what they were leaving/going back to in Mexico before I read this book.


    20. This is a very intimate look into how migrant life is for those who take the risk to make the illegal and legal cross into the United States.Martinez gives a detailed account of who the people are and why they come to work in America. He also gives a political history as to why Latin America is in this situation and how it has caused the migrant reaction.


    21. Reading this in anticipation of Martinez's upcoming talk at the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Highly recommended for anyone interested in border politics, human rights, immigration, and globalization. Martinez writes effortlessly, successfully situating the story of one family within broader socio-political contexts.


    22. This was a remarkable book. The writing is lovely, the personal stories are poignant and moving. If you want to get a better understanding of some of the underlying issues surrounding our current immigration debate, do read this and learn.


    23. Some people come to the United States illegally to find work. If you've never considered the possibility that such a person is a hero, (especially to their family) this book might give you something to think about.


    24. The author follows migrant families from their hometown in Cheran, Michoacan to various cities in the United States. It tells the story of so many people that I know. Everyone who has an opinion about immigration to the U.S. from Mexico should read this for information and insight.


    25. This was our most recent Book Club selection and an excellent choice! It was an eye-opening account about life in Mexico and in particular, immigration. It personalized the issue for me and made for an excellent and thought-provoking Book Club discussion.


    26. This book chronicles the experiences of a Mexican family who come to the United States illegally to work. Given the current policy debate and obvious ignorance of many, this book sheds important light on the issue


    27. A glimpse into the lives of undocumented Mexican workers migrating in and out of the US. It was particularly interesting to see how this pattern has affected Indian culture in Mexico - an aspect of immigration I had never thought about before.


    28. A story about a family of Mexican migrant workers who were killed near San Diego in a car accident as they were chased by Border Patrol on one of their repeat trips. The author went to their village in Mexico, interviewed their employers here, etc. It's interesting.


    29. A must read book for anyone interested in Mexican-American history. The book looks at immigration patterns, the changes in family, and life in the state of Michoacan, MEX. Eye opening examples gave me a deeper understanding of family and immigration.


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