“We walked across the desert in the dark,” explained Juan. 

“Our coyote [a paid guide] led us across the Mexican border into the United States.  A guy in a truck picked us up and housed us for the night.

By the time I was in my early 20s, I had done it five or six times.  But each time I did it, something pulled me back to Mexico.”

Like so many others, Juan had illegally entered the United States.

To better understand this promised-land migration, I read Alejandro Grattan Dominguez’s book, The Dark Side of the Dream.

The author doesn’t describe the United States as a land of sugar tarts and lollipops. The dream has its promise. 

But it also has a dark side. 

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