Those Damned Immigrants
America’s Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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Ediberto Román’s Those Damned Immigrants is a classic in the growing literature on the vast right-wing conspiracy, including the many exploitative features of capitalism in the postmodern age that attract and depend upon contingent and undocumented immigrant labor, largely from third world nations, especially the proximate Mexico, ...
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In my previous works, I wrote the acknowledgments section after I had largely completed the manuscripts. However, in this instance I decided to write the acknowledgements before I finished the book. The reason for this approach is that I am using this section as a motivational tool to finish this labor of love. ...
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It does not take a stretch of the imagination to see how the above narrative (using direct quotes from the infamous 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast) could easily be tomorrow’s leading news bulletin concerning this country’s alleged immigration crisis.2 Following increased domestic oversight and arguably isolationist sentiments after September 11, 2001, ...
2. Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric
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Rhetoric is widely known as the art of discourse, but the art in the immigration context is filled with venom. Central to the modern-day immigrant rhetoric is the so-called mass invasion at our borders.1 Not unlike the momentary hysteria associated with the War of the Worlds broadcast, media, politicians, ...
3. Empirical Data on Immigration
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Perhaps no issue related to the immigration debate is touted more as fact than the so-called economic consequences of undocumented immigration. Time and time again politicians, news pundits, and the occasional academic advance arguments concerning the negative impact of undocumented immigrants on our economy. ...
4. Immigration’s Effects on State and Local Economies
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Though scholars have refuted claims that immigration is detrimental to the national economy, arguments about immigration’s negative effects on local and state economies carry considerably greater force.1 Simple logic suggests that healthcare and K-12 education for undocumented immigrants and their families impose increased costs ...
5. The Conflicted United States–Mexico Relationship: Invitation and Exclusion
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Although the United States is often described as a “nation of immigrants,”1 this country’s treatment of Latin American immigrants is largely a tale of inclusion and assistance on one hand, and exclusion and mistreatment on the other. As Kevin Johnson succinctly describes it, ...
6. Sociological and Psychological Insights on Anti-Immigrant Bias
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Anti-immigrant discourse, ranging from factually incorrect assertions to inflammatory rhetoric, has a significant impact on public perceptions and the implementation of public policy. As we have seen in chapter 2, there are well known cases in which those who make offensively anti-black or misogynistic comments face strong public condemnation. ...
7. A Pragmatic Proposal for Immigration Reform
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The War of the Worlds radio broadcast discussed in the introduction was a hoax concerning a Martian invasion. The stunt made Orson Wells famous and caused a short-term panic across the country. Nearly a hundred years later, that broadcast exemplifies the media’s ability to create and even distort reality. ...
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About the Author
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Ediberto Román is a nationally acclaimed scholar and an award-winning educator with broad teaching interests and an extensive scholarship portfolio. A prolific scholar, he has published numerous legal articles, essays, and book chapters on international law, securities regulation, evidence, constitutional law, critical race theory, postcolonial discourse, and law and literature. ...
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Publication Year: 2013