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One of the few case studies of undocumented immigrants available, this insightful anthropological analysis humanizes a group of people too often reduced to statistics and stereotypes. The hardships of Hispanic migration are conveyed in the immigrants' own voices while the author's voice raises questions about power, stereotypes, settlement, and incorporation into American society.
- Updated presentation and analysis of 21st century immigration realities, including recent developments and public debates surrounding immigration law, policy, and reform.
- The third edition is not simply an update on U.S. immigration "facts and figures," but provides new, in depth discussions and analysis of developments in the field of immigration law and policy, which have occurred since the publication of the second edition in 1998.
- Among the contemporary immigration issues Chavez brings into focus is the rise of the 'Minutemen' movement on U.S. borders, in which armed U.S. citizens patrol the border with Mexico to enforce government immigration law and policy: Are they patriots or vigilantes?
- In his new epilogue, Chavez also analyzes the hotly debated topic of immigration reform and the related issue of forced deportation of undocumented workers--and students, too.
- A section on the history of Mexican migration to the U.S. provides crucial information needed to fully understand contemporary immigration issues and events.
- The epilogue contains information on California's Proposition 187 and the new welfare and immigration laws that target immigrants, as well as a look at Operation Gatekeeper on the U.S.-Mexican border and the continued destruction of migrant camps.
- In his analysis of the experience of undocumented migrants, Chavez retains his conceptual framework of stages of incorporation into U.S. society, which he likens to 'rites of passage.' First developed in his earliest edition, Chavez employs this useful framework to help students understand the experiences of undocumented migrants and the challenges that confront them. For almost twenty years, this approach has enabled students to weigh and assess information on immigration policy and public debate with the personal experiences of individual migrants, based on the interview accounts that Chavez provides.
1. The Setting.
3. Crossing Borders.
4. Life on the Farm.
5. Suburban Shantytown and Refuge.
6. Green Valley's Final Days.
7. Families and Children.
9. Learning to Live as an "Illegal Alien".