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Dream chasers, immigration and the American backlash, John Tirman

Illegal immigration continues to roil American politics. The right-wing media stir up panic over anchor babies, job stealing, welfare dependence, bilingualism, al-Qaeda terrorists disguised as Latinos, even a conspiracy by Latinos to retake the Southwest. State and local governments have passed more than 300 laws that attempt to restrict undocumented immigrants' access to hospitals, schools, food stamps, and driver's licenses. Federal immigration authorities stage factory raids that result in arrests, deportations, and broken families<U+0127> and leave owners scrambling to fill suddenly open jobs. The DREAM Act, which would grant permanent residency to high school graduates brought here as minors, is described as "amnesty." And yet polls show that a majority of Americans support some kind of path to citizenship for those here illegally. What is going on? In this book, John Tirman shows how the resistance to immigration in America is more cultural than political. Although cloaked in language about jobs and secure borders, the cultural resistance to immigration expresses a fear that immigrants are changing the dominant white, Protestant, real American culture. Tirman describes the raid mentality of our response to immigration, which seeks violent solutions for a social phenomenon. He considers the culture clash over Chicano ethnic studies in Tucson, examines the consequences of an immigration raid in New Bedford, and explores the civil rights activism of young Dreamers. The current round them up, deport them, militarize the border approach, Tirman shows, solves nothing.--, Provided by Publisher
Table Of Contents
Raid : the second great migration and the culture of resistance -- Raiding the schools : the riven soul of Arizona -- The usual suspects : the raid in New Bedford -- Dreaming the dream : the next generation -- Raids gone global : genocide in Guatemala & wars in Mexico -- The rocky road of reform -- Legality & language as cultural weapons -- Hope for the dream chasers
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
205 pages, 24 cm.

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