Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican BorderAcross the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border by Luis Alberto Urrea
Illustrator: John Lueders-Booth
ISBN: 0385425309
Published by Anchor on 1993
Genres: California, Children of migrant laborers, Hispanic & Latino, Migrant children, Migrant labor, U.S./Mexico border
Pages: 190
Format: Paperback

            Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen.  Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana.  His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States.            More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity.