Living "Illegal"

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In June 2012, President Obamaa€™s executive order enforcing parts of the Dream Act and the Supreme Courta€™s decision to block components of Arizonaa€™s draconian immigration law propelled the immigration debate back into the headlines once again. Based on oral histories, individual testimonies, and years of research into the lives of ordinary migrants, Living a€œIllegala€ offers richly textured a€œstories that often get lost in the rhetorica€ (Gainesville Sun)a€”of real people working, building families, and enriching their communities even as the political climate has grown increasingly hostile. Moving far beyond stock images and conventional explanations, Living a€œIllegala€ 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, onto the streets of major American cities, into the fields of Florida, and back and forth across different national boundariesa€”from Brazil to Mexico and Guatemala. A new preface by the authors frames these stories in light of recent policy developments, as well as the 2012 elections and possible shifts ahead. An unmistakably relevant, deeply humane book, Living a€œIllegala€ will continue to stand as an authoritative guide as we address one of the most pressing issues of our time.The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration Marie Marquardt, Timothy Steigenga, Philip Williams, Manuel Vasquez ... Center, sympathizes with the Cobb County sheriffa#39;s decision to enter into a 287(g) agreement: a€œ[The sheriff of Cobb County is]a personal friendof mine. ... bakery. askedsomeof her police officer friends about the trafficstopsand detentions, they answered:a€œSinceita#39;s my job, Ihaveto do it;anbsp;...

Title:Living "Illegal"
Author: Marie Marquardt, Timothy Steigenga, Philip Williams, Manuel Vasquez
Publisher:New Press, The - 2013-04-02

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