The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration

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Beacon Press, Sep 10, 2013 - Social Science - 328 pages
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The story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities to the poverty that forces people to migrate to the United States
People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.
In The Right to Stay Home, journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the “right to stay home.” This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders.
In addition to incisive reporting, eleven narratives are included, giving readers the chance to hear the voices of activists themselves as they reflect on their experiences, analyze the complexities of their realities, and affirm their vision for a better world.

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The criticism of NAFTA is certainly accurate but the reading is a monotonous collection of essays with a morass of organizations, acronyms, and groups. Read full review

THE RIGHT TO STAY HOME: Ending Forced Migration and the Criminalization of Immigrants

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Compelling examination of Mexican immigration to the United States, both legal and illegal.Since the 1990s and the implementation of NAFTA, writes Bacon (Illegal People: How Globalization Creates ... Read full review


TWO Cursed by Gold or Blessed by Corn
THREE The Right to a Union Means the Right to Stay Home
Special Courtrooms for Immigrants
FIVE Fighting the Firings
SIX Human Beings or Just Workers?
SEVEN The Right to Not Migrate and Radical Reform

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About the author (2013)

Award-winning photojournalist and author, David Bacon has spent twenty years as a labor organizer and immigrant rights activist. He has been a reporter and documentary photographer for eighteen years, shooting for many national publications, and has exhibited his work internationally. He is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and hosts a weekly radio show on labor, immigration, and the global economy on KPFA-FM.

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