Edited by Eugene Nelson
“This first-person account, compiled by Eugene Nelson, with an introduction by Julian Samora, cannot fail to move the American reader, for it achieves, without rhetoric or pretension, that rarest of effects: It forces us to see our world through the eyes of a man who represents hundreds of thousands silently among us.
“Pablo Cruz does not regard himself as an exception, though he values his individuality. As a youth he crossed the border illegally many times, though he would have preferred—and attempted again and again—to enter legally. Ultimately he achieved his dream of becoming an American citizen but it was a process which took years and exposed him to threat, exploitation, fear, and inhumanity, and occasionally to kindess, compassion, and human understanding.
“This is not a success story in the traditional Alger myth. For himself and his wife, Cruz has managed to make a life, retaining an astonishing sensitivity and dignity in view of the ordeal he has experienced.” — Los Angeles Times