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Author Bacon, David, 1948- author
Title Illegal people : how globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants / David Bacon
Imprint Boston : Beacon Press, [2008]
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 Euro-Am Studies Lib  331.6 B132 2008    AVAILABLE  -  30500101528852
Descript x, 261 pages ; 24 cm
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Note [1.] Making work a crime.Merry Christmas, you're fired -- How the housekeepers saw it -- Smithfield raids: overt union-busting -- [2.] Why did we come? Flight from Oaxaca -- Battles in the mines -- [3.] Displacement and migration. Forcing people into the migrant stream -- Sensenbrenner family business -- Migrant labor: an indispensable part of a global system -- Profitability of undocumented labor -- [4.] Fast track to the past. Not enough workers! -- Modern-day braceros -- How corporations won the debate on immigration reform -- [5.] Which side are you on? Paolo Freire on LA's mean streets -- Los Angeles: class war's Ground Zero -- Story of Ana Martinez -- Immigration enforcement becomes a weapon to stop unions -- Operation vanguard -- Immigrant workers ask labor: "which side are you on?" -- [6.] Blacks plus immigrants plus unions equals power. Mississippi battleground -- Katrina: window on a nightmare -- Common ground of jobs and rights -- Remedy the past's injustice -- People in the streets want more -- [7.] Illegal people or illegal work? Illegal means not European and not white -- Fighting second-class status -- Silicon Valley's high-tech sweatshops -- What future for our children? -- [8.] Whose new world order? High skills and low salaries -- From guest worker to German citizen -- Suppressing asylum seekers while promoting "managed migration" -- Mode 4 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrants -- Transnational communities: a new definition of citizenship
This volume explores the human side of globalization (the international integration of world views, ideas and other aspects of culture, and economies); exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America and Asia, driving them to migrate. The author explains why U.S. national policy in regard to globalization produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids, and a more divided, polarized society. Through interviews and on-the-spot reporting from both impoverished communities abroad and American immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods, the author shows how the United States' trade and economic policy abroad, in seeking to create a favorable investment climate for large corporations, creates conditions to displace communities and set migration into motion. He maintains that trade policy and immigration are intimately linked and are elements of a single economic system. He traces the development of illegal status back to slavery and shows the human cost of treating the indispensable labor of millions as illegal. The author urges for change in the way we think, debate, and legislate around issues of migration and globalization, making a case for why we need to consider immigration and migration from a globalized human rights perspective
Includes bibliographical references
Subject Foreign workers -- United States
Foreign workers -- Developing countries
Globalization -- Economic aspects
Globalization -- Social aspects
Labor policy -- United States
Labor movement -- United States
Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States
Illegal aliens -- United States
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