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.
Guerrero, an actress best known for her roles on Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was born in the U.S. to Colombian parents. They lived in the States while undocumented until they were deported in 2001. Guerrero, 14 at the time, was left on her own with no government oversight whatsoever, a harrowing situation that she recounts with honesty, pathos, and bravery. Like many of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, her parents worked in countless low-paying menial jobs while in constant fear, knowing that they could be snatched away any time. They tried to obtain green cards and citizenship through legal channels, but were scammed by a con artist. Guerrero, writing with Oprah magazine founding editor Burford, could have been placed in state care, but she was one of the lucky ones: friends and family took her in and helped her get into the Boston Arts Academy. She still suffered in her parents' absence, growing increasingly depressed with no one to confide in. The depression led to alcoholic blackouts, self-injury, and a near-suicide before she opened up to a therapist and got much-needed help. Guerrero transforms a truly terrible situation into something meaningful, using her story and her role as an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House to try to help other immigrant families left in this terrible position.
Diane, you made me cry at 2 am listening to your audiobook. I went all the way to 5 am, I couldn’t stop. I’m an immigrant. I had the privilege to be legal, but never for a second I felt apart of all my dear friends who didn’t have the same luck. I don’t know how and from where you pull so much strength to keep (not going) thriving. This is a must read if want to understand what immigration means for families, how breaking families apart is not the solution. I highly recommend. Diane is a intelligent, brilliant women and the narrative is captivating.
This book was amazing! I’m speechless right now. It was like everything that everyone always dreams of not happening to them happened to her! Or all of our dreams came true for her too! She literally went from rags to riches, but she doesn’t let it get to her head, she still helps out tons of people and it’s just amazing! I seriously loved this book and totally recommend it to anyone who just wants to read an amazing book right now
In the land we love by Diane Guerrero
Wether you are against immigration or for immigration, this is a must read. Informative, touching, and eye opening.