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Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists Are Destroying the Nation

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As the US deports record numbers of illegal immigrants and local and state governments scramble to pass laws resembling dystopian police states where anyone can be questioned and neighbors are encouraged to report on one another, violent anti-immigration rhetoric is growing across the nation. Against this tide of hysteria, Pilar Marrero reveals how damaging this rise in malice toward immigrants is not only to the individuals, but to our country as a whole. Marrero explores the rise in hate groups and violence targeting the foreign-born from the 1986 Immigration Act to the increasing legislative madness of laws like Arizonas SB1070 which allows law officers to demand documentation from any individual with “reasonable suspicion” of citizenship, essentially encouraging states and municipalities to form their own self-contained nation-states devoid of immigrants. Assessing the current status quo of immigration, Marrero reveals the economic drain these ardent anti-immigration policies have as they deplete the nation of an educated work force, undermine efforts to stabilize tax bases and social security, and turn the American Dream from a time honored hallmark of the nation into an unattainable fantasy for all immigrants of the present and future.

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"America's treatment of the issue of illegal immigration is profoundly dysfunctional, argues Marrero. A journalist for the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión, she examines the plight of undocumented workers looking to make a life for themselves in an increasingly nativist political culture. While illegal immigration is often constructed as a scapegoat for the ills of recession-era America, Marrero shows the issue to be far more complex. States depend on the labor and economic contributions of a growing population of undocumented workers, yet enact increasingly oppressive laws designed to make daily life for them unbearable, while the federal government expands an expensive program of deportation that disproportionately affects Latinos even as their votes become more important. Investigating small towns undergoing demographic shifts, corporations profiting from increased immigrant detention, and the unique difficulties faced by the children of illegal immigrants, Marrero makes a convincing case that America's success in the 21st century depends on abandoning political posturing in favor of coherent national policy. Agent: Diane Stockwell, Globos Libros Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230341753
Author:
Marrero, Pilar
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 23

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Culture Wars
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "America's treatment of the issue of illegal immigration is profoundly dysfunctional, argues Marrero. A journalist for the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión, she examines the plight of undocumented workers looking to make a life for themselves in an increasingly nativist political culture. While illegal immigration is often constructed as a scapegoat for the ills of recession-era America, Marrero shows the issue to be far more complex. States depend on the labor and economic contributions of a growing population of undocumented workers, yet enact increasingly oppressive laws designed to make daily life for them unbearable, while the federal government expands an expensive program of deportation that disproportionately affects Latinos even as their votes become more important. Investigating small towns undergoing demographic shifts, corporations profiting from increased immigrant detention, and the unique difficulties faced by the children of illegal immigrants, Marrero makes a convincing case that America's success in the 21st century depends on abandoning political posturing in favor of coherent national policy. Agent: Diane Stockwell, Globos Libros Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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