In the ""Peoples of North America"" series, which focuses on immigrants to the continent, this focuses on people coming from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. After providing a brief history of Central America with emphasis on America's deep involvement there, Bachelis discusses the plight of current refugees from the area (most of them undocumented migrants), including information about why they have found it necessary to flee and about their uncertain situation on arrival in North America. The varying circumstances of immigrants from the different countries are made clear, as is their cultural and economic impact on their new homes. Despite the title, there is no real discussion of immigration from other Central American countries. Nevertheless, an objective, clearly stated illumination of a painful contemporary situation. Illustrated with b&w photos, plus a few in color. Bibliography; index.