Those Damned Immigrants: America's Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration (Hardcover)

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The election of Barack Obama prompted people around the world to herald thedawning of a new, postracial era in America. Yet a scant one month afterObama’s election, Jose Oswaldo Sucuzhanay, a 31-year old Ecuadorian immigrant,was ambushed by a group of white men as he walked arm and arm with his brother.Yelling anti-Latino slurs, the men beat Sucuzhanay into a coma. He died 5 dayslater.
The incident is one of countless attacks—ranging from physical violence toraids on homes and workplaces to verbal abuse—that Latino/a immigrants haveconfronted for generations in America. And these attacks—physical andotherwise—are accepted by a substantial number of American citizens and electedofficials, who are virulently opposed to immigrant groups crossing the Mexicanborder. Quick to cast all Latino/a immigrants as illegal, opponents have placed undocumented workers at the center of their anti-immigrant movement, and assuch, many different types of native Spanish-speakers in this country (legal,illegal, citizen, guest), have been targeted as being responsible forincreasing crime rates, a plummeting economy, and an erosion of traditionalAmerican values and culture.
In Those Damned Immigrants,Ediberto Roman takes on critics of Latina/o immigration, drawing on empiricalevidence to refute charges of links between immigration and crime, economicdownfall, and a weakening of Anglo culture. Roman utilizes governmentstatistics, economic data, historical records, and social science research toprovide a counter-narrative to what he argues is a largely one-sided publicdiscourse on Latino/a immigration.


ISBN 9780814776575
Genre LAW / Emigration & Immigration
Format Hardcover
Pages 186
Publisher Date 2013-07-31 00:00:00.0
Publisher New York Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.75 in
Wdth 6.75 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 1.02 lb
Language English
Subtitle America's Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration
Series Name Citizenship and Migration in the Americas
Audience College/higher education
Authors Roman, Ediberto
Country of Origin United States

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