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A Community of Equals (New Democracy Forum)

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Publisher Comments:

In the last fifty years, many barriers to entering this country—those based on race, language, and national origin—have been eliminated. But at the same time, new immigrants have been stripped of their rights by Congress and a public fearful of competing for jobs and public services.

In this timely book, Owen Fiss examines the paradox of such xenophobic treatment within a democracy committed to pluralism. He looks closely at what he calls the major social disability immigrants face—unequal access to employment, education, welfare, and medical care—and traces the legal acts and amendments that deny immigrants these rights—rights that are granted, he argues, by the Constitution.

Fiss challenges the courts to invoke the courage they once brought to landmark civil rights cases and apply it now to improve our treatment of immigrants. He argues that it is in the interest of all of us—citizens and citizens-to-be—to live up to the promises our Constitution provides. His essay is answered by lawyers, civil rights activists, and leading academics who lend forcefulness to his plea.

This book is essential reading as we continue our national debate on who is entitled to the abundance of America.

"A crucial contribution to a debate about immigration and equality in our prosperous, paranoid times. The fundamental constitutional issues raised by this book should not be ignored and cannot be postponed." —Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden

NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues—both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

About the Author

Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University, and author of The Irony of Free Speech. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.Acclaimed Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat is author of The Farming of Bones, Krik? Krak!, and Breath, Eyes, Memory. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807004371
Editor:
Kleit, Micah
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua; Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Kleit, Micah
Author:
rs, Joel
Author:
Roge
Author:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
Fiss, Owen
Author:
Rogers, Joel
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Aliens
Subject:
Emigration and immigration law
Subject:
Aliens -- United States.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Democracy Forum
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.37 x .37 in .375 lb

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