How Immigration Became Illegal

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"This book looks at the role illegality or undocumentedness plays in our society and economy. It shows how the status was created, and how and why people, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, have been assigned this status. The first three chapters look at the histories of social exclusion. One looks specifically at the Mexican and Guatemalan contexts to understand why such large numbers of people from these countries enter the United States without documents, and how those who do so understand their own motivations. Two chapters focus on the role of illegality in the economy. Undocumented people tend to work in three different kinds of jobs: jobs that have been historically marginalized, like those in agriculture; jobs that have been downgraded from well-paid, unionized work to low-wage labor, like meatpacking; and newly booming job categories that underlie post-war consumerist prosperity like landscaping and childcare work. One chapter looks at children and families, focusing especially on the experiences of undocumented youth and youth with undocumented parents, and at the leadership role that undocumented youth have taken in the undocumented rights movement. One looks at the dizzying complexity of status to point out that virtually nobody really understand what "illegal" means. It looks at the detention system and the interests behind it. Finally, the last chapter explores the different "solutions" to the problem of undocumentedness that have been proposed and implemented over time, and shows why they have failed. Undocumentedness is deeply imbedded in global and national political and economic systems, and the concept itself must be understood and challenged in order to create a more just system. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9780807001677
Branch Call Number: 325.73 CHO
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 24, 2015

Publishers Weekly refers to Avi Chomsky an historian?? By excising out ALL labor history and ALL financial/economic history, she does a propaganda number on the reasons underlying predatory immigration practices! Like father, propagandist for Wall Street, like daughter, propagandist for Wall Street - - I suppose the Sheeple will embrace her, of course, as it beats thinking for one's self! As Noam Chomsky, Chambers Johnson and other self-described phony progressives and now Avi Chomsky, love to redirect our attention away from those plutocrats and oligarchs responsible for what she writes, history becomes ever more murky and confusing, which might just be their goal? [Unless NAFTA is properly explained - - allowing for foreign ownership of the Mexican banks, penetration by Big Agra into their markets, privatization of their farmlands, ensuring that one million workers travel to America every year, providing cheap labor for agriculture and other industries, thus lowering wages in America, she rewrites everything, as she does in other areas! With historians like this, who needs neocons?] If Cesar Chavez were alive today, he would be most furious with her! [FYI: Chinese workers were brought in by the boatloads, by the robber barons Rockefeller and Harriman, to replace those protesting white, black and Japanese railroad workers who were being worked to death - - instead the Chinese gandy dancers were worked to death. How dare this latest version of Chomsky propagandist rewrite real American history! Shame, shame on her and her family.]


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