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Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

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Publisher's Summary

Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context

In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status - and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America.

©2017 Aviva Chomsky (P)2017 Beacon Press

What the Critics Say

"An impassioned and well-reported case for change...Chomsky ably lays out just how brutal life can be for the undocumented." (New York Times Sunday Book Review)

"Undocumented adds smart, new, and provocative scholarship to the immigration debate." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"From the first page to the last, Undocumented is to immigrant rights movement what We Charge Genocide was to the African American movement - a dossier that sets aside quibbles about whether immigrants contribute to the US economy or not, whether immigrants speak English or not and gives flesh to the slogan, 'Immigrant rights are human rights.' A clear-headed and smart book that locates the struggles of immigrants squarely in the struggles for human rights. Nothing less is to be accommodated, and much more is to be imagined." (Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South)

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