What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? Author and professor of politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain introduces us to the story of Aida Hernandez, shining a light on the difficulties of this system and bringing us into the heart of a violently unequal America.
Bobrow-Strain joins us with a livestreamed dive into his book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, highlighting the fraught story of an undocumented young women as she struggles to learn English, dreams of moving to New York to teach dance, and ultimately endures deportation and fights to return to the US to reunite with her son. With powerful emotional candor, Bobrow-Strain outlines the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. He reveals Aida’s incredible story—the daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, forced to navigate detention centers, immigration courts, and a Mexican city marked by violence in a country that was not hers. Listen in as Bobrow-Strain shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
Aaron Bobrow-Strain writes and teaches about food politics, immigration, political economy, and the U.S-Mexico border. He is a Professor of Politics at Whitman College, and is the author of Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas, and White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf.
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