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Carol's Blog on Immigration and Our Democracy 

My Interest in Writing about Immigration

Wilfido, the wonderful young man for whom I've become the guardian
Wilfido, the wonderful young man for whom I've become the guardian

Looking at my writing, I see how two novels, The Flood and A Call From Spooner Street, a memoir, Afterimages, and my most recent nonfiction book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, all explore the trauma and conflicts of immigration. Though I feel very American, my heart is deeply touched by the hopes and resilience of immigrants.

 

In mid-2017, I was drawn to care for a Guatemalan teenager, ultimately becoming his legal guardian and helping him move toward college and a Green Card. I also became involved in Vecinos Seguros, a local organization that tries to bring safety and support to the undocumented Central Americans who live precariously in our midst, and I write regularly for my local newspaper, The Lakeville Journal, on the precarious situation of Central American immigrants, particularly in my area.

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