Books and publications
Eileen is author of Dreamers, an Immigrant Generation’s fight for their American Dream (Océano, 2013; Beacon Press, 2015), a book that sheds light about the situation of undocumented students in the US. Dreamers was selected by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) to be part of their 2016 Annual Collection for Public and School Libraries.
Her second book, We built the wall, is a review on how the US shuts down asylum seekers on political grounds (Verso, 2018). How does it feel to be unwanted. Stories of resistance and resilience from Mexican in the United States (Beacon Press, 2018) is her most recent book ––published first in Spanish (Planeta, 2017).
Her stories have been published in six other books: Sin Maletas (Carena, 2018), a book with stories about refugees and immigrants from exile; Tiembla (Almadía, 2018), a book with stories about the aftermath of the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City; Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporáneos (Taurus, 2017); Los 12 mexicanos más pobres. El lado B de la lista de millonarios (Planeta, 2016), a project with an “anti-Forbes” list portraying people living in poverty in Mexico and the US; 72 Migrantes (Almadía, 2011), a book with stories about Central American immigrants murdered in northern Mexico; and Tú y yo coincidimos en la noche terrible (2012), a memoir on murdered Mexican journalists. She was also an English-Spanish translator of the Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement report series for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Her first novel, Fecha de Caducidad, co-authored with Beatriz Rivas and Armando Vega-Gil (Alfaguara, 2015) is a love story crossed by the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico.
Eileen is currently working on projects about immigrant youth in Spain, and about indigenous immigrants in the United States.
Reviews about Dreamers
“Eileen Truax offers a gripping, close-up account of the lives of Dreamers—those young undocumented people who President Obama argued are American ‘in every single way but one: on paper.’ Through in-depth interviews and participation in their organizations and events, Truax captures the Dreamers’ passions and hopes, as well as the heartbreaking challenges that our country’s policies impose on them. She also paints a convincing portrait of the painstaking work and heady successes of one of the country’s most important movements for social change in the twenty-first century.”
—Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, about Dreamers
Reviews about We Built the Wall
“Eileen Truax has given us an evocative and human portrait of the so-called immigration crisis, bringing together gripping firsthand narratives of refugees with an incisive analysis of America’s broken asylum policy. With attention to lives that have been put in jeopardy by Mexican and American governments alike, We Built the Wall is the book we need in this time of rising nationalisms—a must-read clarion call for empathy across borders in the age of Trump.”
– Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
“We Built the Wall combines the flair of a novel and the depth of the best investigative journalism with a passionate commitment to human rights to take readers into the heart of today’s immigration crisis. Truax highlights the voices of people who are fighting for justice on both sides of the border to shed light on the systems that have led to a deeply transnational human rights crisis. Immigration, she makes clear, is the result, not the cause, of this crisis.”
– Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal and “They Take Our Jobs!”: And 20 Other Myths About Immigration
“A lucid account of US asylum policy, both during the Cold War, when it was granted overwhelmingly to people leaving the Soviet Union, Cuba and Vietnam, but withheld from people brutalized by Washington’s allies—in Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti—and now in the age of deportation, when Mexicans and Central Americans heading north, including children in fear for their lives, find it almost impossible to obtain refugee status.”
– Jeremy Harding, Contributing Editor at The London Review of Books and author of Border Vigils: Keeping Migrants out of the Rich World
Reviews about "How does it feel to be unwanted"
“An urgent book for our times. When immigrant voices are being silenced, when immigrant families are being torn apart, when immigrant youth are being denied their right to dream of a better future, this book inspires us to see, to listen, and to understand. Above all, it celebrates the tenacity and resilience of a community whose stories are, without any doubt, part of the American experience.”
—Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us