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Book Trailer Thursday: WE ARE HERE TO STAY

Originally planned for 2017, Susan Kuklin’s We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults faced an almost two-year delay due to the attempted repeal of DACA and political unrest in a more divided America. Portraits of and information about the interviewees had to be removed to protect the identities of the participants, but even with those changes, the nine interviewees still wanted their stories to be heard. The trailer features an excerpt of the interview with P—, who recounts her experience being detained by immigration officials and first learning she is undocumented. Jessica Anne Bratt, in her Booklist review, explains, “In their accounts, these teens discuss how they are processing DACA’s uncertainty and how they identify with being American (or not).” To help readers learn more, each chapter is accompanied with notes about immigration law, including timelines for when certain policies were enacted. At the end of the video, Kuklin states that she hopes to republish the book one day, restoring the participants’ full names and illustrated portraits.

We Are Here to Stay will be published on January 8, 2019.

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Ken Otani is a recent graduate from the MA English Language and Literature program at Central Michigan University. He enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, and he likes dreaming up his own magical worlds during his free time.

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