They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration

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They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration Author Aviva Chomsky
ISBN-10 0807041564
ISBN-13 9780807041567
Year 2007-06-01
Pages 264
Language English
Publisher Beacon Press
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Claims that immigrants take Americans jobs are a drain on the American economy contribute to poverty and inequality destroy the social fabric challenge American identity and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society Chomsky dismantles twenty of the most common assumptions and beliefs underlying statements like I m not against immigration only illegal immigration and challenges the misinformation in clear straightforward prose In exposing the myths that underlie today s debate Chomsky illustrates how the parameters and presumptions of the debate distort how we thinkand have been thinkingabout immigration She observes that race ethnicity and gender were historically used as reasons to exclude portions of the population from access to rights Today Chomsky argues the dividing line is citizenship Although resentment against immigrants and attempts to further marginalize them are still apparent today the notion that non citizens too are created equal is virtually absent from the public sphere Engaging and fresh this book will challenge common assumptions about immigrants immigration and U S history

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