Borderlines: The Edges of US Capitalism, Immigration, And Democracy

Borderlines: The Edges of US Capitalism, Immigration, And Democracy

by Daniel Melo


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The current U.S. immigration nightmare is a product of capitalism. The familiar, heartbreaking stories of dangerous treks, migrant exploitation, asylum, family separation and detention all have their roots in the material conditions of the dominant economic system. Immigrants’ place in American democracy has long been intertwined with questions of cheap labor and exploitation, sovereign power, and the preservation of class relations. Through different facets of the immigration system, Borderlines explores how power and profit are perpetuated by the divisions between migrant and citizen and the resulting dehumanization of both. It demonstrates the necessity of a radical working-class demand for economic and political justice across borders and the edges of democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789045062
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2021
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,134,609
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Daniel is an attorney and social critic who grew up in diverse cultural and political settings. His experience includes immigration law, where he became an ally to progressive movements and organizations seeking migrant liberation. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Efficient Dehumanization 1

Chapter 2 Legislating Human Commodities 1 7

Chapter 3 Race, Xenophobia, and Democracy 17

Chapter 4 The Modern Face of Labor Exploitation 25

Chapter 5 Empire and Immigration 32

Chapter 6 What is an Immigrant? 39

Chapter 7 The Southern Border and Sovereign Power 46

Chapter 8 ICE and National Security 55

Chapter 9 Migrant Criminalization 62

Chapter 10 Immigration Court 70

Chapter 11 "Legal" Migration and Citizenship 78

Chapter 12 The Failures of Reform 88

Chapter 13 Erasing the Borderlines 96

References and Endnotes 107

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