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How is this story relevant to readers today?

Political rhetoric about 'building a wall' is prevalent today and in Reyna’s experience, we see the difficulty, danger, and trauma of crossing the border as it is. Reyna’s memoir shows how the cycle of breaking up of families due to immigration and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

What was the Reagan amnesty program and how does it affect Reyna’s family?

Reyna explains that after President Reagan approved an amnesty program in November of 1986, Papi went through the process of applying for their green cards. This program allows families the opportunity for legal status in America so that they can go to college, find employment that offers benefits, and have a true sense of belonging in the country.

Why does Reyna feel uncomfortable only using one of her two surnames after arriving in America?

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