The Guatemalan Asylum Seeker Who Was Almost Deported—to Mexico
I told him clearly in that interview: “I am here because I’m afraid I will be killed in my country. I cannot return to Guatemala. I will die if I do.” The immigration officer acted like he did not understand.
As told to Jessica Goudeau
coyote coyote. coyote
Jessica Goudeau is the author of AFTER THE LAST BORDER (forthcoming, Viking 2020), a narrative nonfiction book about refugee resettlement in the US. She has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, and other places. She has a PhD in Poetry and Translation Studies from the University of Texas. In most of her writing, she partners with displaced people to tell their stories with dignity while protecting their identities. Find out more: jessicagoudeau.com and @jessica_goudeau
Enter your email address to receive notifications for author Jessica Goudeau
Confirmation link sent to your email to add you to notification list for author Jessica Goudeau
More by this author
From the Congo to a refugee camp in Kenya to resettlement in Austin, TX—this is the story of a doctor who is starting over.
More in this series
“Our anger exists to scourge the world, and to save it. Not everyone wants it saved.”
Not knowing happens to all mothers, and to all of us—if we are breathing, we are without escape from things we can’t know.
Maybe, I thought, I could play Pokémon with my peers and bridge the gap between me and my an all-white classroom. But we lose things in translation.