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No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border
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The closing chapters explain how the debate over immigration has moved progressively rightward in the last 30 years or so, as successive Democratic and Republican administrations have passed more and more draconian laws against undocumented workers, made the Border Patrol the largest federal law-enforcement agency with over 12,000 officers, and wasted tens of millions of dollars into creating walls at the border designed not to stop immigration but to push it into ever-more remote areas, increasing the likelihood that immigrants will die in the desert trying to get the U.S. and earn a better life.Read more ›
The authors argue that a complete open-borders policy would be best for the United States and for workers in general. Surprisingly, the book is mostly about the history of union organizing in the American Southwest rather than about illegal immigration as such. Indeed, the authors seem to be anxious to muddy the waters as much as possible. They talk a lot about long-ago jailed union organizers and long-dead victims of racist violence; they want to present deportation of illegal aliens as no different from past discredited violence. The authors argue that current opposition to illegal immigration is nothing more than racism. I don't find this convincing. If opposition to illegal immigration is racism, why is it that Mexico has its own problems with illegal immigrants from other Latin American countries?
The authors are clearly big supporters of unions and see unions as the solution to labor problems in the U.S. and around the world. I am a union member myself, and I simply cannot agree with them. Unions have their uses. In the end, however, no union can change the fact that labor conditions are ultimately determined by the supply of workers and the demand for specific skills. If plenty of workers are available who can do the work for less, working conditions will not improve. The authors are very concerned about not only illegal immigrants, but also the plight of all Hispanic workers.Read more ›
Do the authors have an overarching purpose/message? Of course; you can't find a book in all of history taht doesn't. Should *your personal, current* preconceived notions about the subject immediately render the book useless garbage? Come on, now.
The book is an important contribution to the argument for open borders and will help to convince labor socialists that less restriction on the migration of labor is a positive thing. It has some very good historical data about the treatment of migrants in the west that I have not seen anywhere else.
The book is a good read with a serious labor bias that has to be discounted to be able to appreciate the valid arguments contained in it.
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I used this book as a primary source for my research on how the US agriculture industry depends on cheap immigrant labor. Extremely informative and with a lot of useful info. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Nereyda Montano
Professors Akers Chacón and Davis provide a in-depth analysis of the current transnational migration of working class people--predominantly from Mexico. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by A customer
First let me say I read the book and the information in the book was very interesting. However my complaint for the book is that it is misleading in the title and back description,... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Sean R. Mchaney
Ok so I read most of this trash at the book store since I am saving my money to make a Minuteman donation as soon as possible. Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by Nemo
When I saw this book, I looked around at what else was on the shelf. Maybe it's part of a series, I thought. Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Zato Ici
This book dismantles the narratives we hear from the establishment media regarding undocumented workers. Read morePublished on June 13, 2007 by Preston C. Enright
I bought this book for a class at college. I am really tired of this propoganda. I do not agree with the viewpoints.Published on May 15, 2007 by B. C. Fliege
Read this book for a class, truly enjoyed the book and the classPublished on January 18, 2007 by Eamazon