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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Most popular discussions of contemporary U.S. immigration ignore history and the "facts on the ground." Massey lays out the history of Mexico-U.S. migration. He provides convincing evidence that stepped-up border enforcement efforts since the early 1990s have been both deadly and counterproductive. He argues forcefully for an immigration policy that takes the realities of U.S.-Mexican social and economic integration into account. Readers who are convinced that immigration is a bad thing in itself will not be persuaded by Massey to change their minds; those who are interested in a dispassionate discussion of border control issues will find this book provocative and useful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
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Comprehensive and clearly written. It helped me conceptualize immigration issues in a holistic manner, providing me a base of theory to better understand the multiple facets of immigration trends and policy. It has allowed me to better understand subsequent immigration studies as I've used this work as a point of reference. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It's a writing that riled up my passions with facts and research, not bigotry. It has a bias towards greater immigration rights, but this bias is strongly supported with research and fact, not rhetoric. The language is objective, but the overall arguement suggests advocacy for immigrants. This has been my favorite read on immigration!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2009
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Massey et al. explain how immigration policy - often based on prejudice and scapegoating - has led to consequences that are bad for US citizens, Mexico, and immigrants (legal or otherwise). I also think everyone ought to read this book, especially people in the Obama administration. Anti-immigration folks might think that limiting benefits, for example, would deter immigration but in fact it has had the opposite effect. They have many such examples, and unlike many whining sociologists*, propose solid policy at the end of the book. I found it extremely readable, and would be so for undergraduates as well.
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on December 25, 2014
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I had to read this book for a class and it was very enlightening. Easy to read. I never read books assigned in class, but this one was an exception.
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on November 17, 2014
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To understand the US Mexico border, one needs a long view and a deep view. Massey offers both.
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on March 27, 2015
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Great condition!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
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Explicitly policy-oriented, this book by Douglas Massey does not follow as faithfully the theoretical line he originated earlier. That line emphasized cumulative causation in migration processes whereas this book introduces exogenous, policy shocks that inhibit the cumulative causation already underway from reaching its logical conclusion.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
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This is a great book. First book you must read if you want to study recent US migration. It really reach the core of the migration problem of United States.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2008
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Professor Massey has shared with readers his many years of in depth, primary research on the subject of Mexican immigration. Every policymaker and every American should read it.
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book speaks of the continuing problems with immgration due to border policies between America and Mexico. Out of about 9 chapters eight are facts and figures charts and graphs and only the last chapter is thought provoking. In it the authors give their opinion of how America's border policies should change in order to accomodate Mexican immigrants- they made good points that leaves you somewhat satisfied after a mind numbing 8 chapters of...???? But For research purposes and stats I would definately recommend this book.
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