Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context
In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America.
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About the Author
Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University. The author of several books, Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants’ rights issues for over twenty-five years. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents
Where Did Illegality Come From? 23
Choosing to Be Undocumented 40
Becoming Illegal 71
What Part of “Illegal” Do You Understand? 87
Working (Part 1) 113
Working (Part 2) 130
Children and Families 152
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Through obviously tireless research, Aviva has opened my eyes to how ignorant I was about immigration. Very sobering.This book makes the process of getting into the United States appear like an onion. It is multi-layered with so many different agendas, that as you peel back each layer, the more it smells. Then, somewhere along the way, you will cry for those who are caught up in this. There is a quote from the book that asks " Do you know of any historical example where society change has come about by people keeping quiet?" Aviva's writings show that she is not about to keep quiet. This book deserves to win prizes for its fortitude as well as its straight forward reporting. This should be read by anyone who is on the fence about immigration, or actually wants to seal up the border. You will think differently after.
Its a look at immigration from the other side.