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No One Is Illegal

Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Narrated by: Mark F. Smith
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants, revealing their deep roots in U.S. history. This vital book highlights the history of white vigilante violence in the U.S., drawing parallels with today’s Minutemen Project; examines the role of U.S. corporations in the Mexican economy, and the role of immigrant labor in the U.S. economy; reveals how patterns in U.S. immigration policy and campaigns to scapegoat immigrant workers are shaped by the needs of business and politicians; and offers an insightful analysis of the most recent battles over immigrant rights.

The authors also remember the long tradition of resistance to vigilante and state-sponsored racism among immigrants organizing in the factories and the fields, and chart a course toward justice and equality for immigrants in the U.S.

©2006 Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc

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  • Honorable Mention: Gustavus Myers Book Awards, 2007

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Great book, poorly performed

I'm not sure this narrator correctly pronounced a single Spanish word in this book... which is almost entirely about the American southwest. Also, does a different high pitched voice for women and tries to do different accents, but fails. I loved the content, but I cringed throughout at the performance. Don't try to "sound Mexican" or "sound like a woman" - it's insulting.

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Eye opening

Truth telling on how the US has manipulated labor at the behest of capital with disregard for human lives and families.

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Illuminating

It's almost bizarre to read this book, which reads as a snapshot of 2006 history. It's suddenly quite clear where the 2016/Trump era of xenophobia comes from; we only let the 8 years of Obama presidency brainwash us into forgetting. I enjoyed the balance of historic and current events' analysis and will be recommending this book near & far.

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