Mojada: Memoir of a Honduran Immigrant

Mojada: Memoir of a Honduran Immigrant

by Keyla Sanders
Mojada: Memoir of a Honduran Immigrant

Mojada: Memoir of a Honduran Immigrant

by Keyla Sanders


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As a young girl growing up in a small town in Honduras, Keyla Sanders imagined her own version of the American Dream. The reality involved dangers, suffering and sacrifice during an overland journey through Guatemala and Mexico, including arrests, deportations and kidnapping. For the first time, there is a first-person account from an undocumented immigrant from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. Keyla tells what inspired her to embark on a dangerous journey, what the journey was like, and the years of struggle she endured after attempting to navigate the U.S. immigration system. She uses her own experience to demonstrate how this broken system is as reliant on circumstance and luck as any lottery. She recounts the struggle of an undocumented immigrant while also dealing with high school, young adulthood, and eventually having her own children. Keyla's story adds the voice of an undocumented immigrant to the conversation, demonstrating that the hardships expended in achieving one's American Dream are what unite all those striving for a better life, regardless of where they were born or how they got here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476691992
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2023
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Keyla Sanders grew up in a small town in Honduras, and came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant when she was 16 years old. She lives in Washington, D.C. where she runs her own photography studio.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments deleteix
Prologue: Her Last Breath
1. La Entrada
2. Zapatos Rotos
3. The Pain of Growing Up
4. Immigrants
5. Childhood
6. New Beginning
7. Our Departure
8. Forced Stop
9. Lost Shoes
10. Good and Bad People
11. Deportation
12. Return Journey
13. Christmas Day
14. Good Samaritan
15. The Train
16. Ransom
17. Immigration
18. Family Reunion
19. Miami
20. Teenage Challenges
21. Changes
22. High School Senior
23. Undocumented Immigrant
24. Love and Pain
25. Marriage
26. Working Woman
27. Decision Making
28. Back to My Roots
29. Tegucigalpa
30. 18 Years Later
31. Honduras
32. Back Home
33. A Story to Tell
34. Dreamer
35. U.S. Citizen
36. Mojados
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