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Miss, will you be my Amiga?

“Jacinta Juárez’s famous new mentor sweeps her away from the diapers and dishes of her own boring life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la línea into Miss’s world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of her Mamá and the familiar safety of the barrio; the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people.”

“When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she’s lost. Can she channel the power she’s gained from Miss and the strength she’s inherited from Mamá to repair her shattered home life?”

Excerpt from front flap of Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco,

by Judith Robbins Rose


After reading this book, my understanding of the immigration crisis for Hispanic families, torn apart through deportation, has taken up a fresh place in my heart. Newly married couples, who come to America illegally to have their families, take a huge risk. And their children born in the United States are divided by love for their parents, and their desire to live the American dream.

Between language barriers and worry over their parent’s illegitimacy, the burden on these children and teens is substantial. And yet, most of them keep it together and grow into productive members of our society.

Knowing that our country can’t take in many thousands immigrants due to the tax burden and loss of jobs it creates for the rest of us, we can still be loving, gracious, and hospitable to them.

Jesus has instructed us implicitly on how to approach foreigners:

Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise” (Matthew 10:30-37 NIV).

The book, Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco, is a must read for teachers, counselors, or anyone wanting to refine their view of immigrants.

Let us pray that our new administration will take action on the immigration crisis in a reasoned and godly way.

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco is available on



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