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Illegal aliens

Jul 28, 2014 — The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
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Oct 24, 2013 — Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez has ridden the train known as "the Beast" eight times, interviewing Central American migrants on their way to the U.S. He shares his experiences in the book The Beast. Alt.Latino asked him about the books he read that inspired him — and what he'd take to read on a desert island.
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Feb 4, 2013 — The desert has inspired a rich literary landscape. Author Ruben Martinez recommends three reads that examine it both literally and figuratively. Do you have a favorite book that takes place in the desert? Tell us in the comments.
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Dec 4, 2012 — North Korea remains one of the most isolated and repressive countries in the world. Each year, a brave few attempt an escape to freedom through China. In Escape from North Korea, writer Melanie Kirkpatrick tells the harrowing personal stories of North Korean defectors and their quest for freedom.
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Aug 13, 2012 — Every year, incoming college freshmen get their first assignment: a "common read." Colleges and universities assign the same book for students to read over the summer in preparation for discussions on campus. Many schools are assigning Sonia Nazario's book on immigration.
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Aug 21, 2009 — Patrick Radden Keefe's riveting new work of nonfiction, The Snakehead, explores the underworld of human smuggling that reached from China to New York City.
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Aug 5, 2009 — In 1993, a freighter with 300 terrified, half-starved Chinese immigrants went aground off the shore of Queens, New York. Author Patrick Radden Keefe chronicles the incident in his new book The Snakehead.
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Mar 17, 2009 — A drug war is raging across the border. Over 6,000 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico last year. The body count is mounting, and the violence is spilling into the United States. Tony Cox explores how U.S. officials are addressing the growing crisis. Plus, how can travelers stay out of danger?
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Aug 4, 2008 — In oral histories, undocumented immigrants tell their stories of anxiety, alienation and loneliness.
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Apr 2, 2008 — Clarence B. Jones was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest advisers. Farai Chideya talks with Jones about his new book, in which he uses King's life and speeches to suggest where the late reverend might stand on the Iraq war, affirmative action and black leadership.
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