A 14-year-old young woman, long brought up to fear bringing any unwanted attention to her undocumented family's presence here in the US, arrived home after school one day to find them gone. It wasn't for lack of trying; Diane Guerrero (best known for her roles as Maritza on Orange is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin) tears the reader away from that scene of abandonment in order to explain how her family arrived there. After years of attempting to secure their citizenship, her parents had only managed to unwittingly trust the wrong people: unscrupulous lawyers who emptied the family's savings with promises of citizenship but then disappeared. Though at times written in a more juvenile slang than I believe the content called for, this account of a family torn apart is nonetheless powerful and personal. The reader is challenged to confront their own views not only on immigration but also the very system that is supposed to assist families like Guerrero's to attain legal status. Guerrero makes her story an all-encompassing American story. It immediately personalizes a fear that undocumented immigrants have for those whose families will never face such terror.
The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.