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Title Living "illegal" : the human face of unauthorized immigration / Marie Friedmann Marquardt [and others]

Publ Info New York, N.Y. : New Press, [2011]
Distributed by Perseus Distribution
 RWU Main Library  JV6475 .L58 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript 328 pages ; 22 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-313) and index
Contents Why migrate? : making sense of unauthorized migration -- People in motion: life crossing and across borders -- Living together, living apart: interethnic relations in new immigrant destinations -- "Picking up the Cross" : churches on the front lines -- Migrants mobilize: finding a voice in local and national debates -- Time line of important immigration policy
Note Today's polarized debates over immigration revolve around a set of one dimensional characters and unchallenged stereotypes. Yet the resulting policy prescriptions, not least of them Arizona's draconian new law SB 1070, are dangerously real and profoundly counterproductive. This book is an account of the least understood and most relevant aspects of the American immigrant experience today. Based on years of research into the lives of ordinary migrants, it offers stories of real people, working, building families, and enriching their communities even as the political climate grows more hostile. Moving far beyond stock images and conventional explanations, it challenges our assumptions about why immigrants come to the United States, where they settle, and how they have adapted to the often confusing patchwork of local immigration ordinances. This revealing narrative takes us into Southern churches (which have quietly emerged as the only organizations open to migrants), into the fields of Florida, onto the streets of major American cities during the historic immigrant rights marches of 2006, and back and forth across different national boundaries, from Brazil to Mexico and Guatemala, and inside the national movement to pass the DREAM Act in 2010
LC subject Illegal aliens -- United States
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Add Author Marquardt, Marie F., 1972-
ISBN 9781595586513 (hardcover)
1595586512 (hardcover)