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A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto (Vintage)by Jorge Del Rayo Ramos
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For decades, fixing the United States’ broken immigration system has been one of the most urgent challenges facing our country, and time and time again, politicians have passed the buck. With anti-immigrant sentiment rising around the country, as evidenced by the passage of a controversial new law in Arizona, it is now more important than ever to remember the role immigrants play in enriching our economy and culture, and to find a way to incorporate the millions of productive, law-abiding workers who have been drawn to the United States by the inexorable pull of freedom and economic opportunity. No longer should they be forced to work in the shadows, with no hope for equal rights as American citizens.
In this timely book, award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos makes the case for a practical and politically achievable solution to this emotional issue. Ramos argues that we have a simple choice: to take a pragmatic approach that deals with the reality of immigration, or to continue a cruel and capricious system that doesn’t work, wastes billions of dollars, and which stands in direct opposition to our national principles.
In this timely and clear-eyed look at immigration in the United States, award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos shows that reform is desperately needed—and long overdue.
A Country for All illustrates how, throughout its history, the United States’ ability to turn immigrants into citizens has strengthened its economy and enriched its culture. But today, millions of productive, law-abiding workers, drawn to the U.S. by the inexorable pull of freedom and economic opportunity, are forced to work in the shadows, with no hope for equal rights as American citizens. Meanwhile the US government spends billions in unsuccessful efforts to stem the flow of this tide of immigration.
The choice we face, Ramos argues, is between a pragmatic approach that deals with the reality of immigration, or the continuation of a cruel, capricious, and ineffective system that stands in opposition to our national principles.
About the Author
Jorge Ramos, born in Mexico City, is an award-winning journalist and author. He is coanchor of Univisions nightly newscast, Noticiero Univision, and hosts Al Punto, the networks Sunday morning political show. Ramos also writes a weekly column distributed by The New York Times Syndicate and contributes daily analysis on Radio Univision.
He appears frequently on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNNamong other networksin defense of immigrant rights. He has been named one of “The Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine, and he is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards and a Maria Moors Cabot Prize for excellence in journalism. This is his tenth book.
Ramos has lived in the United States for more than twenty-five years. He has two children, Paola and Nicolás, and resides in Miami.
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