Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 305 pages
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"Getting Immigration Right" focuses on what is arguably the most important aspect of the current immigration debate: how best to understand and resolve illegal immigration from Mexico. The scale and character of illegal immigration is only one facet of the immigration problem currently before Congress and the president, but it is its most contentious and visible face. It is also the one part of the contemporary immigration story that attracts the most intense opposition, the most widely disseminated mythologies, and the most powerfully advocated solutions. What to do about illegal immigration from Mexico is a major political question of our time. The book s wide-ranging and timely discussion includes legal and non-Mexican immigration. It sets the context of immigration before exploring the job experiences of illegal immigrants and their quest for the American dream. The contributors then focus on the causes and consequences economic and social of immigration, both legal and otherwise, and vividly describe the Latino experiences of illegality, including crossing the border and living in fear of deportation. In addition, the reform of immigration law is discussed from three distinct viewpoints: one conservative, one liberal, and one libertarian. The volume closes with its editors own proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. With a foreword by Alejandro Portes, a professor of sociology at Princeton University and author of "Immigrant America: A Portrait.""
 

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Contents

FOREWORDPOLICIES AND PREACHINGS THAT BACKFIRE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1INTRODUCTION
PLACING IMMIGRATION
2SKETCHING THE AGE OF MIGRATIONCONTEXTUALIZING THE USMEXICO MIGRATION IMPASSE
3CHANGING CONCEPTS OF CITIZENSHIP AND NATIONALITY ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
LIVING IMMIGRATION
4TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEXICAN IMMIGRATION
9UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS DOCUMENTED MENDACITYHOW THE CRIMINALIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS THREATENS AMERICAS ...
10EIGHT MYTHS ABOUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
THE REFORM OF IMMIGRATION LAW
11PRINCIPLES THAT SHOULD GUIDE IMMIGRATION POLICY
12MARKETBASED SOLUTIONS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
13THE H2 VISA PROGRAMSREAL NEED FOR REFORM
ADDRESSING THE CONUNDRUM
14OPTIONS FOR ACTION STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE

5THE IMMIGRATION AFTERMATHLATINOS LATINO IMMIGRANTS AND AMERICAN NATIONAL IDENTITY
THE ECONOMICS OF IMMIGRATION
6THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION
7BEYOND PUSH AND PULLNEOLIBERALISM NAFTA IMMIGRATION POLICY AND THE STRUCTURAL INCENTIVES FOR MEXICAN IM...
THE ILLEGALITY OF IMMIGRATION
8CROSSING ARIZONAROOTING OUT THE PROBLEM
NOTES
FURTHER READING
INDEX
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
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