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8 CFR: Aliens and Nationality

Life as a Refugee Officer

Vignettes and memories of interviewing refugee and asylum applicants, mixed with the history of the system at the US-Mexico border, Credible Fear.


Joan Didion was right:

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live... We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”

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