Grant Kennedy is an immigrant from Jamaica who has been living in the United States since December 1976. Unlike the immigrants he writes about in this book, he came to America legally with his green card. But as someone from the immigrant community, he was privy to and was always very intrigued by the stories of hardship and courage of those around him who came to the United States illegally. He was also concerned about how such intelligent and inspiring people did not have a voice and how the US immigration system tends to look the other way when the spotlight is not on the issue, which allowed these people to stay in the country.
It is no secret that the US economy benefits from their cheap labor, and for many of them, the low wages they earn in America is far better than what they could make in their home country. As a result, they will always come — no matter what walls are erected around the U.S. boarders — as long as when they are here, they are able to live, work and hide in plain sight.
Kennedy is a CPA. He currently lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, and they have three young adult sons and one grandson. His purpose for writing this book is to give the American populous a glimpse into what these people go through to become part of the American experience that so many take for granted.