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Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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"America's treatment of the issue of illegal immigration is profoundly dysfunctional... Marrero makes a convincing case that America's success in the 21st century depends on abandoning political posturing in favor of coherent national policy" - "Publishers Weekly""Pilar Marrero...has covered the immigration issue more closely and more intimately than any other journalist in the country...She often knows more than the people in Washington about what is going on, but more importantly, how the community around the country will react to what is going on in Washington. Whenever we talk, she asks the skeptical and simple questions that her readers want asked. She channels the conversation -- and the hopes, aspirations and fears -- expressed at breakfast tables, in coffee shops and at panaderias across the U.S. She is in tune with the community and pushes me to do a better job representing that community."- Congressman Luis Gutierrez"This book reminds us that the American Dream is the dream of America's immigrants. To insult, fire, jail, deport and scapegoat immigrants for every imaginable evil--even to kill them--is to extinguish not just their dream, but ours a nation. It is a story of opportunism and exploitation, of the political and moral failures of Democrats and Republicans alike, of the billions at stake in building the border wall or contracts for detention centers, the lives on the line in the deadly deserts, the echoes of old racial confrontations. Yet in spite of all, the dream isn't dead: Marrero brings us the voices of the only ones who could possibly save us from ourselves: the immigrants who bequeathed us the dream in the first place."- Ruben Martinez, author of "Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West"
About the Author
Pilar Marrero is editor and reporter for La Opinion, the largest and oldest Spanish language daily paper in America, winning awards from associations including New America Media, the New School, and the International Center for Journalists for her intriguing work exploring the trials and tribulations of the Latino community. With her 25 years of experience covering social and political issues, she is one of the most highly sought after commenters by international and local media for knowledgeable insight to the issues that face Latinos, appearing on such outlets as BBC World, CNN, and NPR, among others. She teaches journalism courses at UCLA-extension and lives in California.
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How was it that every one of the 50 states of the union all had hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people without papers living there? What motivated the acceptance? Answer: Because the states benefitted from it. What have these immigrants built? The entire economy. Seen in that light, what anti-immigrant extremists are doing now is nothing less than what the title of the book points out: They're destroying our nation.
Written by a top journalist, this book gives us a fuller understanding of the immigration debate.