Public policy on immigration will be central to determining the form and character of U.S. society in the twenty-first century. The political Right has so far seized the initiative in defining the parameters of the discussion, in effect limiting national debate to choosing between degrees of restrictionism. Immigration: A Civil Rights Issue for the Americas fills a gap in existing literature on immigration by providing a variety of perspectives among those who agree that immigrants have rights, but may differ about how to assert those rights. First published in the quarterly journal Social Justice in 1996, these essays are written by some of the most notable scholars in the area of immigration. This volume will be valuable for classroom use and beyond because of the readable and accessible style of the articles. The 13 contributions to this new book are refreshingly progressive interventions into the national debate on immigration. They agree that divergent approaches exist among progressives and that such differences must be examined. Calling upon that which is best in the democratic heritage of the U.S., this collection challenges the historic and ongoing civil rights struggle to adopt a global perspective that includes the civil rights of all immigrants, whether documented or undocumented.
In addition, the book takes on issues that are relevant to everyday realities in most communi-ties throughout the U.S. Immigration: A Civil Rights Issue for the Americas is ideal for courses on 20th-century American history, immigration, sociology, political science, and other social sciences.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Riding the Endless Immigration Roller Coaster (A True Story) Chapter 3 Beyond Sovereignty: Immigration Policy Making Today Chapter 4 The Battle for the Border: Notes on Autonomous Migration, Transnational communities, and the State Chapter 5 The Expansion of California Agriculture and the Rise of Peasant-Worker Communities Chapter 6 Gender and International Labor Migration: A Networks Approach Chapter 7 Are Immigration Controls Ethical? Chapter 8 Rethinking Immigration Policy and Citizenship in the Americas: A Regional Framework Chapter 9 Chinese Suburban Immigration and Political Diversity in Monterey Park, California Chapter 10 U.S. Immigration and Intergroup Relations in the Late 20th Century: African Americans and Latinos Chapter 11 Treacherous Waters in Turbulent Times: Navigating the Recent Sea Change in U.S. Immigration Policy and Attitudes Lowell Sachs Chapter 12 For an Immigration Policy Based on Human Rights Chapter 13 Right-Wing Politics and the Anti-Immigration Cause Chapter 14 The Immigration Crisis: Detention as an Emerging Mechanism of Social Control
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