Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives - Dixie, El Curita, and Julio Summary & Analysis

Orner, Peter
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Dixie, whose real name is Dethze, is a Colombian-born, 45-year-old former school administrator and current housekeeper in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her narrative is titled: “It Was Like Sodom and Gommorah.” She worked in a private school outside Cali, Colombia, and left in 1999 hoping to earn more money for her children, who remained in Colombia. She stayed in Guatemala for 20 days before she was detained by immigration authorities, who took her to a work camp. She ventured on to Mexico City, where she eventually was detained in a women’s prison. A prison guard helped her escape, and she crossed the river to the U.S. in an inner tube. She was eventually driven in a van from Texas to New York, where she acquired papers to work at a Wendy’s restaurant in Queens. She then met an American man...

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