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Undocumented : How Immigration Became Illegal

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Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status--and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Beacon Press
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0807001678
  • 9780807001677
  • 560,357

About Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University. The author of several books, Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants' rights issues for over twenty-five years. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.
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"From the first page to the last, "Undocumented "is to immigrant rights movement what "We Charge Genocide" was to the African American movement--a dossier that sets aside quibbles about whether immigrants contribute to the US economy or not, whether immigrants speak English or not and gives flesh to the slogan, 'Immigrant rights are human rights.' A clear-headed and smart book that locates the struggles of immigrants squarely in the struggles for human rights. Nothing less is to be accommodated, and much more is to be imagined."--Vijay Prashad, author of "The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South""Professional in her scholarship, Chomsky has written a book that will be relevant to those who do not share her position as well as to those who do."--"Publishers Weekly" "Dares to call the [immigration] problem 'manufactured, ' one that could be solved with the stroke of a pen."--"Ms. Magazine"
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Table of contents

Contents
 
PREFACE    ix
INTRODUCTION    1
 
CHAPTER 1
Where Did Illegality Come From?    23
 
CHAPTER 2
Choosing to Be Undocumented    40
 
CHAPTER 3
Becoming Illegal     71
 
CHAPTER 4
What Part of “Illegal” Do You Understand?    87
 
CHAPTER 5
Working (Part 1)    113
 
CHAPTER 6
Working (Part 2)    130
 
CHAPTER 7
Children and Families    152
 
CHAPTER 8
Solutions    181
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 209
NOTES 210
INDEX 238
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