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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra Hardcover; First Edition edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451224140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451224149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With lengthy anecdotes and limited analysis, journalist Rivera attempts to change the negative misconceptions about Hispanic migrants in this exploration of illegal immigration in the US today. Often reading like a rebuttal to the pundits and politicians he's come to blows with throughout his storied career-Lou Dobbs, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Michelle Malkin and others-Rivera's counterarguments frequently come in the form of Latino success stories such as Eddie Olmos and Cheech Marin (with whom, as he never misses an opportunity to mention, Rivera maintains close, personal relationships). More worthy sections deftly refute claims that illegal immigrants have hurt the economy, using strident statistical evidence and cagey reasoning. Rivera's wide net can lead to rambling; the immigration stance of Cesar Chavez and race relations in Miami are notable digressions. His most poignant (and fresh) argument comes in his closing statement, that the burgeoning Latino voting bloc, alienated by conservative immigration vitriol, could very well be the undoing of the GOP in 2008. Astute observations such as this save what could ultimately been written off as another Al Capone's Vault.
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“Poignant and fresh...Astute observations.”
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We were not a welfare state at the turn of the century.
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Rivera vigorously argues that most immigrants, be they legal or illegal, work hard and contribute a great deal to the American economy.
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Unlimited immigration for an unlimited time is not sustainable.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MRHULOT on June 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is insane for any country to encourage massive immigration of any people that harbor territorial or religous grievances against the host country.
Nearly all of the population growth in our country in the last 40 years has come from immigration. None of the immigrants are encouraged to assimilate as our ancestors once were and did.
Unlimited immigration for an unlimited time is not sustainable. The American public has become aware that its desire to see less immigration and zero illegal immigration has been denied by special interests for decades.
The Democrats want to impmort a new people that will vote Democrat, the Republicans want more compliant workers that will work for slave wages and the ethnic advocates and race hustlers want more of their unassimilating ethnic group to seize more power.

When borders change, people die. Look it up. People are playing with fire!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. MILLS on September 15, 2008
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This is Geraldo's attempt to address the anti-immigrant hatred and paranoia. After his infamous April 2007 confrontation with Bill O'Reilly, Geraldo noticed how vitriolic attacks, myths and outright lies shaped the immigration debate in the nation.

Most striking is that Geraldo honestly admits the bad and the ugly with respect to Hispanics. With respect to gangs, Geraldo openly and honestly admits that in some areas Hispanic gangs are a "severe and undeniable problem". He openly admits that some gangs have targeted black people specifically because of their race. He admits that immigrant labor lowers the wages of low end jobs. He admits that Hispanic performance in education is not admirable. The honesty in this book is refreshing.

This is not a hit piece. It doesn't dissect the words of Dobbs, Tancredo and Gilchrist taking comments out of context with the intent to insult individuals. Although this book is written to criticize the paranoid, radical anti-immigration leftist dogma, the book also explores what Geraldo refers to as America's "honorable tradition of open-minded welcome" of immigrants. He provides examples of citizens who appreciate immigrants, cherish the contributions they make to society and make efforts to accommodate them.

What is most evident in this book is the contrast between Geraldo's perspective and that of anti-immigration fanatics. Tancredo sees poor, brown skinned people in Miami and declares it a third world country [It's not a country; it's a city, but nevertheless]. In contrast Geraldo sees homes where parents hug their children, where men and women go to work, where friends play basketball or soccer together, where young lovers hold hands and where young and old like to take an occasional afternoon off to go fishing.
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By tacticness on July 13, 2014
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its a good read... i cant get Gerardo's voice out of my head when reading though... don't know if that's good or bad.
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By joey on April 26, 2014
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Its a good book. Geraldo seems to think though that borders are meant to be crossed and once someone is here they should be able to stay as long as they don't do anything else wrong. He fails to see the costs associated with illegal immigrants and their offspring.
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By Vondilene on February 10, 2014
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This was an overall good book. However, I was expecting more. I have written a little on this subject just from my own experiences and observations. I tried to analyze the problem from a cultural and psychological standpoint. He didn't seem to look at it from this perspective. He used a lot of statistics. I love statistics. The problem is, you can always find something that says the exact opposite. You have to draw the reader to your side, and THEN use statistics to reaffirm your position. He also seems to point fingers quite often. Which only lowers him to their level. I did enjoy reading this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Callahan on November 20, 2009
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This book goes very in depth, through one mans experience being a Latino immigrant, about the systemic discrimination against Latinos in the United States. I highly recommend this book, it reads easily, and is extremely compelling.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Simon Burrow VINE VOICE on March 31, 2008
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Geraldo Rivera is brilliant. His book "Hispanic" is a well balanced recounting of the immigration debate with good supporting documentation. It is written in the reporting style. He presents factual data from reputable sources and then illustrates it with personal examples. His chapters (Will America be like Quebec?, Do Hispanics Steal Jobs?, etc) dispel most of the common myths about the current wave of immigration. His chapter on "The Other Side of History" tells the story of the USA's domination of Mexico from the Mexican's viewpoint. It gave me a new and useful perspective on that history.

But his creative masterstroke occurs three pages from the end of the book. He proposes a solution to the current immigration impasse that would in one stroke restore rule of law, end a terror threat and make America again the land of the free. He proposes that President Bush could give Congress 90 days to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform if Congress fails to act he can use his executive power to pardon all of the "illegal immigrants" in the country. This is similar to what President Clinton did in the last days of his presidency. He used the National Monument law, which previously had only been used to preserve small tract of land, to convert millions of acres of western land into "Monuments." At Radical Immigration we believe that responsible people have the right to live wherever they choose. Geraldo's plan would be a big step in the right direction. It might also save the Republican Party and make Bush's legacy.

Even if you don't like Geraldo's idea the book is an excellent read on a topic that has too much shouting and not enough considering. He writes about Puerto Rican independence; "Any movement not big enough to include a moderate voice was too radical ever to garner widespread public support." The same can be said about today's anti-immigrant hate groups.
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