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Killing the American Dream

How Anti-immigration Extremists Are Destroying the Nation
Marrero, Pilar (Book - 2012 )
Killing the American Dream


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"As the US deports record numbers of illegal immigrants and local and state governments scramble to pass laws resembling dystopian police states where anyone can be questioned and neighbors are encouraged to report on one another, violent anti-immigration rhetoric is growing across the nation. Against this tide of hysteria, Pilar Marrero reveals how damaging this rise in malice toward immigrants is not only to the individuals, but to our country as a whole. Marrero explores the rise in hate groups and violence targeting the foreign-born from the 1986 Immigration Act to the increasing legislative madness of laws like Arizona's SB1070 which allows law officers to demand documentation from any individual with "reasonable suspicion" of citizenship, essentially encouraging states and municipalities to form their own self-contained nation-states devoid of immigrants. Assessing the current status quo of immigration, Marrero reveals the economic drain these ardent anti-immigration policies have as they deplete the nation of an educated work force, undermine efforts to stabilize tax bases and social security, and turn the American Dream from a time honored hallmark of the nation into an unattainable fantasy for all immigrants of the present and future"-- "A timely look at the evolution of US immigration policy and how the increasingly hostile anti-immigrant climate is detrimental to our nation's economic well-being"--
Authors: Marrero, Pilar
Title: Killing the American dream
how anti-immigration extremists are destroying the nation
Publisher: New York :, Palgrave Macmillan,, [2012].
Characteristics: xv, 237 pages ;,25 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: pt. 1. Twenty-five years of immigration politics: from Ronald Reagan's amnesty to the persecution of "illegals". "I believe in amnesty": Ronald Reagan, the 1986 law, and unfinished reform
California casts the first stone
Nativism: the old and the new
pt. 2. The radicalization of anti-immigrant laws and legal chaos. The new millennium: Bush, Latinos, and 9/11
Immigration: a question of national security
"Illegals" and the new hate movement
States take the law into their own hands
Hazleton, Pennsylvania: a community's demographic shock
Arizona, Alabama, and Kobach's anti-immigrant laws
The booming business of immigrant detention
Rejecting extremism and the search for solutions
pt. 3. Dreams have no visas. Immigrant youth and the broken dream
The Obama era: a perfected deportation machine
The Republicans: stuck on immigration
The economy, immigrants,a nd the future of America
Is the American dream dead?
Demographic change won't wait.
Summary: ["As the US deports record numbers of illegal immigrants and local and state governments scramble to pass laws resembling dystopian police states where anyone can be questioned and neighbors are encouraged to report on one another, violent anti-immigration rhetoric is growing across the nation. Against this tide of hysteria, Pilar Marrero reveals how damaging this rise in malice toward immigrants is not only to the individuals, but to our country as a whole. Marrero explores the rise in hate groups and violence targeting the foreign-born from the 1986 Immigration Act to the increasing legislative madness of laws like Arizona's SB1070 which allows law officers to demand documentation from any individual with "reasonable suspicion" of citizenship, essentially encouraging states and municipalities to form their own self-contained nation-states devoid of immigrants. Assessing the current status quo of immigration, Marrero reveals the economic drain these ardent anti-immigration policies have as they deplete the nation of an educated work force, undermine efforts to stabilize tax bases and social security, and turn the American Dream from a time honored hallmark of the nation into an unattainable fantasy for all immigrants of the present and future"--, "A timely look at the evolution of US immigration policy and how the increasingly hostile anti-immigrant climate is detrimental to our nation's economic well-being"--]
Local Note: 6 15 53 109 118 148 152 182 226
ISBN: 9780230341753
0230341756
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