Happy book birthday to Illegal by Francisco X. Stork! This is the sequel to Stork’s Disappeared, so don’t read the synopsis unless you’re looking to get some spoilers. A book that is sure to offer an exceptional commentary on the horrors that people are subjected to when trying to escape the dangers of their own country and seek asylum in the United States. Unfortunately, this country may only add to the struggles they face.
What does it mean to be illegal in the United States? Life in Mexico is a death sentence for Emiliano and his sister Sara. To escape the violent cartel that is after them, they flee across the border, seeking a better life in the United States and hoping that they can find a way to bring their pursuers to justice. Sara turns herself over to the authorities to apply for asylum. Emiliano enters the country illegally, planning to live with their father. But now Sara is being held indefinitely in a detention facility, awaiting an asylum hearing that may never come, finding it harder every day to hold on to her faith and hope. Life for Emiliano is not easy either. Everywhere he goes, it's clear that he doesn't belong. And all the while, the cartel is closing in on them... Emiliano sets off on a tense and dangerous race to find justice, but can he expose the web of crimes from his place in the shadows? Award-winning author Francisco X. Stork's powerful follow-up to Disappeared delves into the corruption and racism that hides under the guise of the law in the United States. With an unsparing look at the asylum process and the journey to find a new life in the US, this is a timely and moving story