The book chronicles the green card dilemmas of 10 individuals whose stories are depicted. It recounts the journey from their homelands as Law-abiding citizens to living in America as fugitives, who are commonly referred to as illegal aliens. In the book they are given fictionalized names that are characteristic of the nature of their struggles or where they came from.
The purpose of the book is to give the American-born citizens a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of these peoples’ world, which is completely foreign to most Americans. Despite what some may believe, only a small fraction of the estimated 11.3 million illegal aliens in the U.S. have committed any crime, other than being an illegal alien. The vast majority are law-abiding people who are just seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
Though some may deny it, the American economy benefits from their willingness to do work that most Americans do not want to do, and the fact that they are paid very low wages and work without benefits helps American small businesses to compete and thrives in this new economy.
Their faith, intelligence, ingenuity and courage, often result in extraordinary achievements, which gives credit to America as the land where the impossible can become possible, and their experiences often become inspirations for their off-springs to use as platforms to actualize their goals and dreams, the sum total of which helps to keep America’s standing as the greatest country in the world.