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What lesson do you think The Devil's Highway is trying to teach?

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bicks510 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:54 AM via web

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What lesson do you think The Devil's Highway is trying to teach?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a fascinating book, dealing with the true life story of one group of Mexican immigrants who were so desperate to enter the United States that they are willing to risk their very lives in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. This book forces us to ask some massive questions about the economic state of the world and how such economic inequalities will make people go to such desperate lengths to be able to earn more money. Why is it that there is such an economic disparity that causes people to risk their lives in such a dramatic and drastic way and is it really worth the risk and the danger to live in the United States as a mojado, an illegal immigrant who lives in fear of deportation and can only earn the minimum wage and often has to suffer terrible working conditions? This is a book that should make us look at economic migration in a completely different way and to make us uncomfortable in our wealth.

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