God's Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigrant Rights

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University of California Press, 2008 - Law - 272 pages
In this timely and compelling account of the contribution to immigrant rights made by religious activists in post-1965 and post-9/11 America, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo provides a comprehensive, close-up view of how Muslim, Christian, and Jewish groups are working to counter xenophobia. Against the hysteria prevalent in today's media, in which immigrants are often painted as a drain on the public coffers, inherently unassimilable, or an outright threat to national security, Hondagneu-Sotelo finds the intersection between migration and religion and calls attention to quieter voices, those dedicated to securing the human dignity of newcomers. Based on years of fieldwork conducted in California's major centers as well as in Chicago, this book considers Muslim Americans defending their civil liberties after 9/11, Christian activists responding to death and violence at the U.S-Mexico border, and Christian and Jewish clergy defending the labor rights of Latino immigrants. At a time when much attention has been given to religious fundamentalism and its capacity to incite violent conflict, God's Heart Has No Borders revises our understanding of the role of religion in social movements and demonstrates the nonviolent power of religious groups to address social injustices.
 

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Contents

Welcoming the Alien?
1
RELIGION AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
5
FROM EMBEDDED LIBERALISM TO EMBEDDED RESTRICTIONISM
8
DENOMINATIONAL SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRANTS
16
WHAT CAN RELIGION DO?
18
PLAN OF THE BOOK
23
Redeeming Citizens
25
Muslim American Immigrants after 911 THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
27
Faith in the Union
104
Enacting Christian Antiborderism
133
Jesus Would Stand at the Border and Would Not Accept It
151
Religious Rule or Religious Voices?
170
Research Methods
197
Notes
203
References
225
List of Interviews
237

The Moderate Mainstream
53
Take Your Good Friday to the Streets
73

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California and the author of Gendered Transitions: Mexican Experiences of Immigration and Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence, both from UC Press. She is also the editor of Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends (UC Press)

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