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Separated

Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

William D. Lopez
foreword by Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer
new foreword by Former US Secretary of HUD Julián Castro

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William D. Lopez details the incredible strain that immigration raids place on Latino communities—and the families and friends who must recover from their aftermath.

Winner of the International Latino Book Awards: Best Political/Current Affairs Book by Empowering Latino Futures, Honorable Mention for International Latino Book Awards: Best First Book - Nonfiction by Empowering Latino Futures

On a Thursday in November 2013, Guadalupe Morales waited anxiously with her sister-in-law and their four small children. Every Latino man who drove away from their shared apartment above a small auto repair…

William D. Lopez details the incredible strain that immigration raids place on Latino communities—and the families and friends who must recover from their aftermath.

Winner of the International Latino Book Awards: Best Political/Current Affairs Book by Empowering Latino Futures, Honorable Mention for International Latino Book Awards: Best First Book - Nonfiction by Empowering Latino Futures

On a Thursday in November 2013, Guadalupe Morales waited anxiously with her sister-in-law and their four small children. Every Latino man who drove away from their shared apartment above a small auto repair shop that day had failed to return—arrested, one by one, by ICE agents and local police. As the two women discussed what to do next, a SWAT team clad in body armor and carrying assault rifles stormed the room. As Guadalupe remembers it, "The soldiers came in the house. They knocked down doors. They threw gas. They had guns. We were two women with small children... The kids terrified, the kids screaming."

In Separated, William D. Lopez examines the lasting damage done by this daylong act of collaborative immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Exploring the chaos of enforcement through the lens of community health, Lopez discusses deportation's rippling negative effects on families, communities, and individuals. Focusing on those left behind, Lopez reveals their efforts to cope with trauma, avoid homelessness, handle worsening health, and keep their families together as they attempt to deal with a deportation machine that is militarized, traumatic, implicitly racist, and profoundly violent.

Lopez uses this single home raid to show what immigration law enforcement looks like from the perspective of the people who actually experience it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with twenty-four individuals whose lives were changed that day in 2013, as well as field notes, records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and his own experience as an activist, Lopez combines rigorous research with moving storytelling. Putting faces and names to the numbers behind deportation statistics, Separated urges readers to move beyond sound bites and consider the human experience of mixed-status communities in the small towns that dot the interior of the United States.

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William D. Lopez
foreword by Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer
new foreword by Former US Secretary of HUD Julián Castro

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Lopez's book is one of the most powerful examples to date of an academic using deep study and radical empathy to indict a profoundly evil system.

Lopez's style is revolutionary. He demonstrates that an alleged criminal can be a complex human with complex human connections. His book short-circuits narratives at the root of racist policies—about good vs. bad immigrants, legal vs. illegal people—by honoring the complex web around the sinners. When brown sinners are outlawed, their loved ones become prey, too.

Separated is the result of hours of interviews with those affected, offering gumshoe FOIA-heavy journalism and a deep, empathetic understanding of community.

No social issues collection, particularly those strong in community makeup and immigration challenges, should be without this hard-hitting survey.

Separated will leave readers incensed and heartbroken by the dehumanizing machinery of the current immigration system in the United States but also inspired by powerful stories of resilience and Lopez's road map for action and solidarity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Guadalupe, Fernanda & Hilda
The Raid: Before
2. Un día común y corriente
The Raid
3. The last night he ever nursed
4. Se rompe la comunidad
The Raid: The hours and days after
5. I hate to see

Introduction
1. Guadalupe, Fernanda & Hilda
The Raid: Before
2. Un día común y corriente
The Raid
3. The last night he ever nursed
4. Se rompe la comunidad
The Raid: The hours and days after
5. I hate to see them die unnecessarily
6. Conclusion
The Raid: The months and years after
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