Four Friends, Two Countries & The Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration

Image Credits: Dallas Morning News

In Alfredo Corchado’s, Midnight in Mexico, he focused on the Mexican drug war and provided, “A unique binational perspective on the two countries he calls home." Now, with the same vantage point, Corchado tackles one of modern America’s most profound transformations— the time during which Mexican Americans swelled to become our largest single minority, changing the color, economy, and culture of America itself in Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.

Homelands is the story of Mexican immigration to the United States over the last three decades told from the perspective of four friends who first meet in a Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia in 1987. Over the course of thirty years, the four friends continued to meet, coming together to share stories of the turning points in their lives. “That night we began a conversation that has lasted more than thirty years, turning on a fundamental and deeply personal question,” writes Corchado, “How do we fit in? What does it mean to be American and become part of its diverse mainstream, integrate into its colorful tapestry, its noble ideals and timeless democratic principles?”

Alfredo Corchado is the México Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and a Nieman, Lannan, USMEX, Woodrow Wilson, and Rockefeller fellow, along with the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Awards for Courage in Journalism.

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