During the past decade, right-wing nativists have stoked popular hostility to the nation’s foreign-born population, forcing the immigrant rights movement into a defensive posture. In the Trump years, preoccupied with crisis upon crisis, advocates had few opportunities to consider questions of long-term policy or future strategy. Now is the time for a reset.
Immigration Matters offers a new, actionable vision for immigration policy. It brings together key movement leaders and academics to share cutting-edge approaches to the urgent issues facing the immigrant community, along with fresh solutions to vexing questions of so-called “future flows” that have bedeviled policy makers for decades. The book also explores the contributions of immigrants to the nation’s identity, its economy, and progressive movements for social change. Immigration Matters delves into a variety of topics including new ways to frame immigration issues, fresh thinking on key aspects of policy, challenges of integration, workers’ rights, family reunification, legalization, paths to citizenship, and humane enforcement.
The perfect handbook for immigration activists, scholars, policy makers, and anyone who cares about one of the most contentious issues of our age, Immigration Matters makes accessible an immigration policy that both remediates the harm done to immigrant workers and communities under Trump and advances a bold new vision for the future.
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About the Author
Deepak Bhargava has been a leader in justice movements for over thirty years. He is currently a distinguished lecturer at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He is a co-founder of Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice and past president of Community Change. The co-editor (with Ruth Milkman and Penny Lewis) of Immigration Matters and co-author (with Stephanie Luce) of Practical Radicals (both published by The New Press), he lives in New York City.
Penny Lewis is an associate professor of labor studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Ruth Milkman Deepak Bhargava Penny Lewis 1
Part I Historical Perspectives
American Nativism, Past and Present Mae M. Ngai 39
History Shows That the Immigrant Threat Narrative Is Wrong Ruth Milkman 55
Stronger Together Immigrant Workers and the Labor Movement An Interview Eliseo Medina 72
From the Ground Up: The Growth of the U.S. Immigrant Rights Movement An Interview Angelica Salas 91
Part II Lessons of Organizing Campaigns
The Immigrant Youth Movement: Here to Dream and Here to Fight Cristina Jiménez Moreta 107
The Nevada Turnaround: Immigrant Workers Build Political Power An Interview D. Taylor 121
Taking on Corporate Complicity in the Trump Era: The "Corporate Backers of Hate" Campaign Javier H. Valdés Deborah Axt Daniel Altschuler Angeles Soils 133
Part III Future Immigration Policy
Five Freedoms: A Twenty-First-Century Policy Vision for Immigrant Rights Marielena Hincapié 151
When Democrats Are Not the Party of Ideas Justin Gest 166
Keep It Moving: A "Future Flow" Agenda for the Immigrant Rights Movement Amah a Kassa 187
Abolish ICE… and Then What? Peter L. Markowitz 205
Immigrants Are Essential: A Manifesto for the COVID-19 and Climate Change Era Saket Soni 221
Part IV Strategies for Change
The Progressive Path Forward on Immigration Policy Pramila Jayapal 235
The Border and Beyond Cecilia Munoz 253
"We Have Found the Enemy and It Is Not Each Other": Deep Canvassing to Change Hearts and Minds on Immigration in Rural and Small-Town America Mehrdad Azemun Adam Kruggel 271
The Statue of Liberty Plan: Vision and Strategy for the Immigrant Rights Movement in the Twenty-First Century Deepak Bhargava 287