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Posted July 11, 2006
Congress at a Glance
This book provides an excellent assessment of the right-wing backlash against migrant workers. Tancredo has a voting record that demonstrates antagonism toward immigrants who seem to be doing all the work that US workers are unwilling to do at dismally low wages. The book provides an interesting examination of a congressman's thinking, but the work does not provide an accurate historical portrait of U.S. immigration and migration policy. The book also seems to take the position that foreigners are a burden to our society and will ultimately lead to its unraveling. No matter the position one takes on this subject, the book will not help the U.S. grapple with the immigration issue during an era when capiatlist-dominated globalization seems to be pushing for an opening to foreign guestworkers. The title MORTAL DANGER exaggerates the threat of foreigners, and does not provide the historical backdrop to the fabric of the nation. Surprisingly revealing is the political calculation of a member of the the U.S. House of Representatives and the necessity of appealing to a avaricious political base to gain ground. The timing of the book, perfect for the elections, will surely help among those who -- right or wrong -- champion a closed immigration policy. Otherwise the book is revealing in demonstrating the power of nativist ideology and its sway within the Republican party.
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