José Ángel Navejas

José Ángel Navejas is the author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant. He has also published Palabras migrantes: 10 ensayistas mexican@s de Chicago (ed. 2018), Invierno: Playlist desde Chicago (2019) and Un mojado en Chicago y cuatro discursos inaugurales (2021). In 2020, he received a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, making him the first undocumented (not DACAmented) immigrant to receive a doctoral degree from a public American university. Follow José Ángel on: Twitter: @joseangeln000 or visit his blog:

  • Minerva 2020, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    I always said I’d never go back to Mexico. Having lived the first twenty years of my life enduring the lack of the most basic services such as safe drinking water, regular garbage collection or even t...


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