We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults by Susa Kuklin is heartbreaking. But it is also filled with so much hope. Detailing the accounts of several young immigrants’ lives, We Are Here to Stay is a collection of written experiences that does an amazing job of building a great deal of empathy with its readers. The experiences described are raw and painful, but they are also deeply inspiring. Each person has persevered through a great deal in a world that has set up numerous obstacles for them from the very start.
It truly tears me apart to know how immigrants have been treated by so many in the United States and more than once I found myself feeling horrible at all the things these young adults have been forced to deal with as a result. They are people, too. People with dreams and hopes. People who genuinely care about the world around them and the others in it. Knowing that many in this country work constantly to make the lives of these wonderful people more difficult kills me.
There is no question in my mind that this book is one that needs to be read, especially in the present circumstances. The administration currently in power is inhumane and despicable, so frankly the rest of the world really needs to develop some empathy. I think this book is a brilliant way to foster that empathy. We Are Here to Stay does so much in showing who immigrants truly are and how much they have been through, how hard they have to work to be accepted.
It shouldn’t be like that. They shouldn’t have been forced to deal with the horrors that they have. I hope that changes one day. For now, understand that these stories are important and no one should be treated the way this country continuously treats them. We can do better. We should do better.
I was provided this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.