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Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know

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ISBN-13: 978-1597972642
ISBN-10: 1597972649
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“Coates and Siavelis have brought together a collection of intelligent and provocative essays from many of the top experts on Mexico-U.S. immigration. For an issue that tends to generate more heat than light, this book shines brightly. It is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the immigration debate regarding Mexican migration to the United States. Collectively, the essays point to the urgent need to modernize our policies in a way that moves beyond simplistic slogans to confronting complex realities.”—Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice
(Frank Sharry 2009-03-17)

"Coates and Siavelis bring together a group of commentators not often found seated at the same table or collected in the same volume. The authors of these chapters speak to each other across the ideological divide on immigration policy and they bring to the discussion a most useful range of experience and expertise which includes historical perspectives on migration and the nativist response it has often called forth, as well as knowledge of the national and international economic context in which immigration takes place. The policy proposals that flow from this discussion should interest everyone concerned with 'fixing' the broken system currently in place."—Judith Adler Hellman, professor of social science, York University, Toronto, and author of The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place
(Judith Adler Hellman 2009-04-30)

“[Anyone] interested in Mexican immigration to this country will find this an outstanding collection of essays considering past and future policies."—Midwest Book Review
(Midwest Book Review 2009-12-07)

About the Author

David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University. He previously held chairs in political economy and labor studies at the universities of Leeds and Manchester in the United Kingdom. His latest book, which includes a survey of the current immigration debates, is A Liberal Tool Kit: Progressive Responses to Conservative Arguments (Praeger Publishers, 2007). He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Peter Siavelis is the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow and an associate professor of political science at Wake Forest University. He has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile. He is the author of The President and Congress in Post-authoritarian Chile: Institutional Constraints to Democratic Consolidation (Penn State Press, 2000). He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597972649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597972642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,520,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know offers a discussion of Mexico-US immigration politics, policies, and procedures, and comes from top experts on the topic. Any interested in Mexican immigration to this country will find this an outstanding collection of essays considering past and future policies, including legal rights, non-Mexican immigration issues, causes and results of immigration policies, and more. College-level collections will find this an excellent starting point for debate.
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Format: Paperback
David Coates & Peter Siavelis, editors

Getting Immigration Right:
What Every American Needs to Know

(Washington, DC: Potomac Books: 2009) 290 pages
(ISBN: 978-1-59797-265-9; paperback)
(Library of Congress call number: JV6465.G48 2009)

This collection of academic writings generally favors immigration reform.
The contributions vary in quality.

In this reviewer's opinion, these are the best chapters:
3. Changing Concepts of Citizenship and Nationalist across Time and Space.
10. Eight Myths about Immigration Enforcement.

Because the authors collect and organize facts,
their chapters are necessarily tied to the past.
What we the readers need more than facts about the last 100 years of immigration
is some creative ideas about how to shape the next 100 years of immigration.

Like most books about immigration reform,
this one has too many pages about the well-known problems
and too few pages about possible solutions.

If you would like to see other reviews like this,
search the Internet for this exact phrase:
"Books on U.S. Immigration Reform".
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"Getting immigration Right" is a great asset for discussion on current immigration issues. During a time when most American citizens know only the rhetoric they hear on immigration, this book provides the reader with researched information by knowledgable sources. It is well organized, containing articles written by various authors and is divided into sections by topic. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing the true facts, as the U.S. grapples with the dilemma of recent U.S. immigration controversy.

Michelle Paschen
CSUCI undergrad student
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