The Politics of Immigration (2nd Edition): Questions and Answers

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NYU Press, May 22, 2017 - Political Science - 312 pages
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A straightforward discussion of the issues surrounding immigration 

U.S. immigration has been the subject of furious debates for decades. On one side, politicians and the media talk about aliens and criminals, with calls to “deport them all.” On the other side, some advocates idealize immigrants and gloss over problems associated with immigration. Dialogue becomes possible when we dig deeper and ask tough questions: Why are people in other countries leaving their homes and coming here? What does it mean to be “illegal”? How do immigration raids, prisons, and border walls impact communities? Who suffers and who profits from our current system—and what would happen if we transformed it?  

The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers goes beyond soundbites to tackle these concerns in straightforward language and an accessible question-and-answer format. First published in 2007, this updated and expanded edition is an effective tool to confront current stereotypes and disinformation. Those who believe immigrants take jobs from citizens, don't pay taxes, strain public services, and threaten the dominant culture will find their assumptions challenged with compelling arguments and hard data. Ideal for classroom use, The Politics of Immigration provides those who are undecided about immigration with the facts and clear reasoning they need to develop an informed opinion.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Authors Notes
13
2Why Do People Immigrate?
27
3Does the United States Welcome Refugees?
43
4Why Cant They Just Get Legal?
65
5Is It Easy to Be Illegal?
83
6Are Immigrants Hurting Our Economy?
101
7Is Immigration Hurting Our Health
121
Is It a Solution?
155
10What About Amnesty
183
11Why Do We Jail and Deport Immigrants?205
205
12Can We Open Our Borders?235
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Afterword
249
Notes
271
Index 357
357
Copyright

8Are Immigrants a Threat?
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About the author (2017)

David Wilson has been writing about immigration, labor, Latin America and Caribbean since 1990.

Jane Guskin is the co-editors of Weekly News Update on the Americas. Guskin also edits Immigration New Briefs. Guskin produced a widely circulated immigrant rights flier entitled “What's So Wrong About Immigration?” Her essay “The Case for Open Borders” was published in Melting Point or Boiling Point? The Issues of Immigration.

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