Immigration: This Land Is Whose Land?

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The United States has been a nation of immigrants from colonial days. Each new wave of immigrants has been greeted with animosity and, eventually, acceptance. The bulk of the latest wave of immigrants consists of undocumented Hispanic workers from Mexico, and this has unleashed anger in those who want to close our borders, as well as support from those immigration-rights groups who believe we should open our doors to all, and let those who are undocumented attain legal residency. In Immigration: This Land Is ...

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Overview

The United States has been a nation of immigrants from colonial days. Each new wave of immigrants has been greeted with animosity and, eventually, acceptance. The bulk of the latest wave of immigrants consists of undocumented Hispanic workers from Mexico, and this has unleashed anger in those who want to close our borders, as well as support from those immigration-rights groups who believe we should open our doors to all, and let those who are undocumented attain legal residency. In Immigration: This Land Is Whose Land? readers will learn about the arguments powering the current conflict and its historical roots.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
While an author's viewpoint will frequently show in writing on a controversial issue, authors have a responsibility when writing a nonfiction book aimed at the educational market to present both sides in an unbiased manner. Immigration, part of the "Controversy!" series, misses this mark. The pro-immigration arguments are firmly supported by historical and economic evidence. The United States is a nation built of immigrants and those descended from immigrants. Our current economic structure counts on the inexpensive labor of immigrants, and many skilled and educated immigrants have served our country well over the years. The United States has also provided a haven for those escaping from persecution in their home countries. Examples from China, Hungary, and Haiti, among others, make the importance of this refuge clear. Also included are examples of immigrants turned away, such as the Jewish passengers on the 1940s German vessel the St. Louis, which had disastrous consequences for those refused. Racially motivated opponents of immigration have caused heartbreak and injury, as shown in the example of the Zoot Suit riots of 1943. Strong evidence is given in favor of immigration and the personal impact of the issue is argued clearly. However, the anti-immigration contingent has members who form their opinions for reasons other than racism or "right wing" leanings, and these opinions are not given sufficient voice. Religious differences were mentioned several times as a factor in the disfavor of immigrants, but these statements were not accompanied by strong supporting examples. The specific stories were clear and important to the arguments being made, but their placement onseparate pages was distracting. The organization varied between immigrant groups and chronology, making the text more suitable as a research tool than as a book to be read from cover to cover. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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Gr 7–9—The title of this series is deceptive when it comes to these two entries. Naden does a solid job of presenting various aspects of the health-care debate and offers a readable general account for the uninitiated on how health care is provided in both the U.S. and abroad. However, Perl leans heavily on one side of the immigration debate and focuses on the current and past abuses of immigrants around the world. Neither book offers much by way of debating the issue; instead, they give an account of the state of health care and immigration in the United States. Both books are heavily referenced, and source notes are appended. Illustrations, though, are at a minimum. If books on the actual points of debate are needed, see Greenhaven's "Opposing Viewpoints" titles. Additional purchases.—Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761442325
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Controversy! Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 Crossing the Border to EI Norte 11

2 When the Golden Door Began to Close 27

3 Guest Workers, Internees, and Refugees 45

4 Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers 60

5 The Immigration Debate Continues 85

Timeline of Major Immigration Laws 107

Notes 110

Further Information 117

Bibliography 121

Index 123

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    In Immigration: This Land Is Whose Land? Lila Perl examines lega

    In Immigration: This Land Is Whose Land? Lila Perl examines legal and illegal immigration in the United States from both an historical and a political perspective. The book focuses first on the current Hispanic population, and then flashes back to Chinese, Irish, Japanese and Italian emigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries before delving into more recent policies regarding guest workers, internees, refugees, displaced persons, and asylum seekers. It includes a timeline of major immigration laws from 1819 to 2006, extensive chapter notes, a bibliography, an index, and a list of books and websites for further information.

    Interspersed throughout the text are a dozen side articles on one, two, or three gold-colored pages that are interesting and informative, but interrupt the flow of the chapters because they appear abruptly, sometimes right in the middle of a paragraph or sentence. There are 17 photographs from various sources that are more appropriately placed throughout. Generally, the book pleads for a more humane approach to assimilating diverse populations and promotes global citizenship over American nationalism. Perl exposes the racism that has fueled America’s policy of exclusion and questions the criminalization of undocumented aliens, many of whom make important contributions to our national economy. Typed above the title on the cover and title page is the word “CONTROVERSY!” which accurately reflects the unsettling, but factual, information within.

    The design of the book targets middle school readers, but high school students might also use it as a reference. The extensive citations make this a particularly useful resource for students interested in understanding the pro-immigration side of the current debate on this subject.

    Laurie A. Gray
    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XV, No. 3, June 2011); used with permission.

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