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The Bookshelf: May 28, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Forgotten Citizens.

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FORGOTTEN CITIZENS: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans

by Luis H. Zayas

In a compassionate, heartbreaking book based on extensive research, Zayas describes the lives of some 4.5 million American children living in constant fear that their immigrant parents, here illegally, will be deported. In one of many case studies, an 11-year-old girl says of her parents, “one day, they can just take them away, like that, in a second.” … Zayas tells the stories of immigrant families from throughout the country, including some of the hundreds of thousands of citizen-children victimized by the aggressive detention and deportation policies that have been prevalent in the past two decades. Against a brief overview of U.S. immigration policies, the author succeeds nicely in putting a human face on the suffering of children whose stories are lost in debates over illegal immigration.

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