Learn More About Valeria Luiselli and “Tell Me How It Ends”

Video and Audio

Valeria Luiselli’s Virtual Visit to UM-Flint on 12-02-2020 (Must log in with UM-Flint credentials to view)

Valeria Luiselli on Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions (Shakespeare and Co., June 2017)

Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration (Democracy Now, April 2017) 

John Powers, Tell Me How It Ends, NPR, 2017


Dinaw Mengestu, “A Life in 40 Questions: Harrowing Stories of Child Migration” (NYT, April 2017)

Radmila Stefkova, “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions,” Latin American Literature Today

Claire Messud, “At the Border of the Novel” (NYRB, 2019)  (This is a literary review focused upon her long book, The Lost Children Archive, but reviewing numerous books of hers).

Luiselli is also a signatory to a letter from many prominent writers here.

Valeria Luiselli, At Home in Two Worlds” (NYT Arts, February 2019)

Prize citations at: and

Learn More About Coronavirus and US Immigration During the COVID Pandemic

Immigration Policy and Implementation in the Period of COVID-19, General

U.S. Customs and Immigration (federal agency) “USCIS Response to COVID-19”

“Timeline of coronavirus and immigration policy” (Boundless)

“American Immigration Council Special Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on Noncitizens and Across the U.S. Immigration System” (American Immigration Council, May, 2020).

“Trump freezes Green Cards, many work visas”

“U.S. rescinds plan to strip visas from international students in online classes”

Southern Border During COVID-19

Department of Homeland Security (U.S. agency) Measures on Southern and Northern Borders

“’It was like a time bomb’: How ICE helped spread the Coronavirus”

“Mexican governors want tighter controls to keep Americans from bringing coronavirus south”

“Coronavirus on the border”

Children and Immigration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ongoing investigative journalism on family separation and treatment of migrant children

“Shadow immigration system: Migrant children detained in hotels”

Immigrant Physicians and Healthcare Workers and the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Foreign doctors could help fight Coronavirus. But U.S. blocks many.”

“Immigration slowdown keeps some doctors from the front lines”

American Immigration Council, “Foreign-trained doctors are critical to serving many U.S. communities”

Immigrant Communities and Workers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Coronavirus brings special challenges for immigrants in urban areas”

“Advocates demand for protection for immigrants at front lines”

“How planning and early action helped San Francisco’s Chinatown control the Coronavirus” July 15, 2020

“Immigrant workers have borne the brunt of COVID-19 outbreaks in meatpacking plants”

U.S. Detention Centers and Refugee Camps and COVID-19

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official site

“Data on the coronavirus outbreak in detention centers”

Parsa Erfani, Caroline Lee, Nishant Uppal, Katherine Peeler, “A systematic approach to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities” (Health Affairs)

Witness at the Border is a loose organization of individuals, some affiliated with faith organizations, who have felt compelled to place themselves at the border and near the detention camps to witness conditions, both before and after the COVID outbreak. Since the COVID outbreak, they have had less physical presence at the sites.

Learn More About Child Refugees

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) “Backgrounder: U.S. Detention of Child Migrants”

Interview with Jacob Soboroff (author of Separated)

Tina Rosenberg “If you’re like me, you can’t sit by” (reference to…)

Immigration Advocates Network, “Representing children in immigration proceedings

Lauren Markham, “The Lost Boys of California” and “First the Fence, Then the System

Learn More About Refugees, Immigration, and Immigrants in General

Recent U.S. Asylum Developments

“Supreme Court agrees with Trump administration on limits for asylum seekers”

“Administration proposes rules to sharply restrict asylum claims”

“Ending asylum as we know it: Using the pandemic to expel migrants, children at the border” NPR (August 2020)

Policy Analysis and Research Organizations

Migration Policy Institute

PEW Research on Immigration

American Immigration Council

United Nations High Commission for Refugees

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Technology

The Integration of Immigrants Into American Society (2015)

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration (2017)


Immigration Nation, a Netflix documentary series. It is reviewed in the NYT and elsewhere.  The series consists of 6 episodes of about 60 minutes each: “Installing Fear,” “Maintaining Vigilance,” “Power of the Vote,” “The New Normal,” “The Right Way,” “Prevention through Deterrence.”

For more on Central American political regimes and social and economic conditions, a primary driver of Southern Border immigration, contact Professor Jennifer Alvey.

Consult a UM-Flint librarian

Talk with faculty teaching immigration studies

Follow high-quality media sources, such as the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), National Public Radio, and the New York Times on immigration and emigration