Thursday, October 21, 2021

the last book I ever read (The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, excerpt two)

from The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio:

I ask Santiago where he learned to translate so well and he tells me that like many children of immigrants, he grew up interpreting for his parents at everything from PTA meetings to doctors’ appointments. “It made me feel important,” he says. “I was representing my parents.” I tell Santiago I did the same thing, that we all did. I ask him why he omitted all mentions of Trump in the speech. “I didn’t want to mention that guy,” he says. “I wanted to make them feel safe.”

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