Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

Aviva Chomsky / Sep 17, 2019

Undocumented How Immigration Became Illegal 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 undocumentedne

  • Title: Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
  • Author: Aviva Chomsky
  • ISBN: 9780807001677
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tExplores 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.

    Illegal immigration Illegal immigration refers to the migration of people into a country in ways that violate the immigration laws of that country, or the remaining in a country of people who no longer have the legal right to remain. Illegal immigration, as well as immigration in general, is overwhelmingly financially upward, from a poorer to a richer country Living in another country illegally includes a How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in Taxes Apr , Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in taxes, and their tax contributions would increase under immigration reform. IllegalAliens Home Undocumented immigrants is PC This site, besides mocking the term undocumented, is an illegal immigration primer whose goal is to provide information on illegal immigration prevention, enforcement, and attrition. Donald Trump and Undocumented Workers at Trump Tower Aug , What Donald Trump Knew About Undocumented Workers at His Signature Tower Undocumented immigration population in USA reaches year Nov , The estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in the USA reached a year low in , continuing a decade long decline in which that population fell from a Trump Org was aware of undocumented workers legal status CNN host Chris Cuomo knocked President Donald Trump for his hateful rhetoric towards immigrants while simultaneously hiring undocumented workers at his numerous golf courses Trump continued to IMMIGRATION Fox News I went down to the border a few weeks ago I d listened to the career politicians in Washington argue about immigration and border security and the humanitarian crisis for weeks and weeks and it Undocumented Children Face These Immigration Impact Apr , Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges post traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others Receiving the public education to After hiring undocumented, Trump Org to use E Verify to Jan , The Trump Organization, responding to claims that some of its workers were in the U.S illegally, said on Wednesday that it will use the E Verify electronic system at all of its properties to Immigration fears in California schools Report shows in May , Immigration fears in California schools Report shows in students have undocumented parents Mark Keierleber May ,

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      • Aviva Chomsky

        Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University The author of several books, Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants rights issues for over twenty five years She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.


    1. I really like the way Chomsky discusses the issue of immigration. A lot of other books I've read don't examine the immigration system in a historical context (this is so important to talk about), which is something Chomsky strives to do in this book. Immigration in the United States has been racialized since the beginning and she effectively examines that aspect of immigration. She compares the racialization of immigration to mass incarceration as discussed by Michelle Alexander, which really he [...]

    2. This book does a really nice job tackling the issue of immigration and putting it in a historical context and displays a lot of the implications of government policies and laws. An excellent overview for anyone wanting to understand the issue of immigration better and to understand the humanitarian issues at stake under our current system.

    3. I checked this book out from the library but it had a lot of important things I want to remember for future reference so I'm going to diligently re-type a lot of the facts and tidbits I found particularly important/insightful:"Was it a paradox that the Border Patrol was created in the 1920s, just when agribusiness, with its need for migrant labor, was rapidly expanding in the Southwest? Several scholars argue that in fact the system worked well for farmers who needed migrant workers. Mexican wor [...]

    4. **I received a copy of this book through giveaway.**I'm always interested in immigration issues and was excited to receive a copy of this book. When I noted that the author was a daughter of the famed linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, I wondered what I was going to get. What I got was a well-reasoned, well-written investigation into the history of Latin American immigration and how it became "illegal." I don't always follow Chomsky's economic reasoning throughout this book (I happen to be pro [...]

    5. "A faculty member worried that if we raised the issue publicly, it would imperil our undocumented students. Another retorted: 'Do you know of any historical example where social change has come about by people keeping quiet?' p. 207---Chomsky's approach here to the production of unauthorized immigrant illegality in the US context achieves that rare quality of being both a reasonably comprehensive as well as accessible text, suitable for introducing the topic to undergrad students and the public [...]

    6. I admit that I have not read a lot from Noam Chomsky, but there is something so great about seeing the daughter of intelligent, liberal parents not rebel by being a neo-conservative. I guess that reveals some of my unaddressed fears in parenting.

    7. I remember growing up, constantly hearing about the scourge of illegal immigrants and how our great country was being swept away by illegals. Never did I hear an actual reason for why this was the case except for the paradox of "the lazy illegals are stealing our jobs." This book is an amazing primer for anyone who really wants to understand how this system was created and why it's so convoluted. The "crisis" of illegal immigration is created by the US because of it's history of neoliberal polic [...]

    8. This is a brilliant book that lays out the history of immigration in this country, and documents how it has become "illegal" for certain immigrants-specifically those from central and south America- to enter the U.S.Of course it involves status and race to a large degree. Ms. Chomsky makes an effort to clarify the murky current immigration policies, and blasts many myths held by Americans about immigration. A few choice examples:The assumption that if someone comes to live in the US without prop [...]

    9. Oscar pena Undocumented Aviva ChomskyNon fiction This book is such a great book it has so much information and it is hard to keep up with but it was so good. This book is broken up into sections . First part is “ Where did illegality come from.” Second “ Choosing to become undocumented.” Third “ becoming elligle.” Fourth “ what part of Illegal do you not understand. Fifth “working part1 , working part 2 and two more sections but i did not use them. I mostly used the working part [...]

    10. Excellent work on the concept and evolution of being "illegal" in America. Traces the development of that concept through the history of immigration to the present day. Chomsky's argument that national borders are arbitrary and that the right to maintain the sovereignty of those borders through "border control" is fraught with implications, may not set well with readers and may cause them to discount the rest of the book. At the very least, that would be an interesting source of discussion. Neve [...]

    11. I learned so much from this book! I read a good part of it while on a road trip. I kept having the husband turn down the music as I read him sections. I had no idea how convoluted our current immigration process is, nor how historical immigration has shaped not only those policies, but also the modern immigration patterns. Living on the border with Mexico, I feel I better understand my neighbors and the political concerns of my region. This book also touched on the private prison sector, which w [...]

    12. Through obviously tireless research, Aviva has opened my eyes to how ignorant I was about immigration. Very sobering.This book makes the process of getting into the United States appear like an onion. It is multi-layered with so many different agendas, that as you peel back each layer, the more it smells. Then, somewhere along the way, you will cry for those who are caught up in this. There is a quote from the book that asks " Do you know of any historical example where society change has come a [...]

    13. I received my copy of Undocumented through the First Reads program for review.Aviva Chomsky tackles an issue that many of us don't want to face. That immigration laws are often used as a form of discrimination, a legalised racism. The writing is eloquent and hard hitting, uncomfortable and inspiring. A brilliant read for anyone interested in human rights, immigration, social justice.

    14. "we created illegal immigration by fostering a global system that bases the prosperity for the few on the exploitation of the many and enforcing it, in the modern era, through borders and exclusive citizenship. It's up to us to change it."

    15. How Immigration Became Illegal Aviva Chomsky Chomsky traces the history of the idea of "illegality" in the US, explaining that "we as a society created illegal immigration by making immigration illegal." Prior to 1965, the media did not generally portray immigration in negative terms. By the 1970s tthe demonization of immigrants- particularly Mexican and other Latino immigrants had become a hot button issue. How did this happen? Migration TodayCurrently, Mexican and Central American immigrants [...]

    16. Chomsky shows through much research, testimonies, and fieldwork the difficulties of the immigration system in the United States and its changes over the years. She is able to demonstrate the connections between the system’s policies and its injustice and gains by making immigrants illegal and creating policies that benefit the US economy. She shows how racial discrimination is still into play when creating policies and how the whole system is too complex for themselves to understand. She menti [...]

    17. I gave this a 5 because we all need to get educated on the topic. As always, political rhetoric serves a purpose - often directly opposite to its literal interpretation. The US struggles with its disproportionate need for goods and services, and the labor demand that hunger necessitates. For our entire existence we have required an exploitable workforce to maximize profits, and do the jobs that most citizens do not want to do. Migrant workers fill those slots now more than ever because we are hu [...]

    18. I appreciated Chomsky's boldness in proposing that the question of illegality can only be resolved by abolishing the concept of borders, entirely. It challenged my thinking, and I wish she had more fully explored what implementation could look like and what intended/unintended consequences our world would need to face. Otherwise, her discussion of the economic and political underpinnings (in a globalized context) of current immigration systems was insightful, and clearly illuminated the complex [...]

    19. A well-researched and summarized history of immigration and the problems faced by the undocumented. I learned a huge amount by the end of the introduction, and found the book very approachable, despite being so dense with information.It does focus primarily on Mexican and Central American immigration, and work by those immigrants in specific sectors of the economy (agriculture, domestic service, landscaping, construction), while glossing over others. It also would have been useful if more time h [...]

    20. This book is fantastically well researched, and far more readable than the highly technical and jargon filled old-man-Chomsky writing style (which, I also greatly enjoy) References the duality between a rejection by US power structures of recognizing the legitimacy of the illegal immigrants while at the same time US society would absolutely not function were it not for a huge bank of highly vulnerable, exploited workers. (I am writing this review 2.5 years after having read it, but with that sai [...]

    21. What a great book. I told myself I would decide whether to give it 4 or 5 stars based on the last chapter, "Solutions", but then decided that maybe I was setting the bar too high by expecting Ms Chomsky to solve immigration."Undocumented" changed the way I view the immigration issue, the boldness of the DREAMers, and the way forward that both protects and offers citizenship to those who would earn it. Although at times I felt like I was reading a PhD thesis, the book is accessible, and I loved t [...]

    22. Love books that add nuance to complicated issues! Avivia Chomsky does just that with her examination on some immigration issues and the status of undocumented persons within the United States. I particularly appreciated how she widened the debate, I guess, by probing deeper into the issue of immigration (legal and illegal) in general, thus making the issue less "everyone wants to come here because we're AMAZING" to "hey, terrible stuff is happening and their country and we're involved in perpetu [...]

    23. This book could have been called "Our Ambivalent and Hypocritical Relationship towards Immigrants" and although I didn't agree with one of her major premises, that borders of countries are mainly arbitrary, there is much insight in this book that is not heard elsewhere. She shows how we as a country have used documentation or lack of it to keep a racially defined underclass that provides cheap and throw away labor, and is invisible to Americans, though we benefit by it immensely.

    24. Absolutely loved this book. The author gave the history of immigration from different areas(the border of Mexico and Ellis Island) and the different laws that were put in place from each. Chomsky covers the subject in depth and with lots of resources. One quote that really made me think was "An immigration system that attempts to force people to reside in the national territory in which they were born is in fact one of global apartheid." If you have interest in immigration this is the book to re [...]

    25. The book tell us about the man that fights asganist the people to give Mexicans free rights. It tells us how the Mexians are judge for little things and if they are immigrants they can go to jail for j walking and just standing there. If person who did not know about what is happing to those people out there after reading the book they would know what is happing to the Mexicans.

    26. Very good for understanding the **history** of immigration law in our country -- how it has changed over time, and how it has impacted those involved. The most valuable thing, I think, is that it takes the comments you might hear in dinner conversation or on the news, and puts them in a broader, more informed context.

    27. A good primer on the criminalisation of immigration from Latin America, starting off with the beginnings and detailing recent developments including the mass deportations under President Obama. A must read for everyone wanting a basic overview, for everyone asking "How did America get here?" as well as for everyone insisting that their ancestors "immigrated to this country 'the right way'"

    28. The obvious comparison is The New Jim Crow; what Alexander does for the political, economic, and racial dimensions of mass incarceration, Chomsky does for the processes that define some acts of immigration as illegal, the treatment of those actors, and the industries that profit from keeping immigration illegal.

    29. Excellent book to understand the construction of 'undocumentedness'!It is easy to read, especially for an audience which has not a lot of prior knowledge about the topic.

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