They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths about Immigration

ISBN-10: 0807041564
ISBN-13: 9780807041567
Edition: 2007
Authors: Aviva Chomsky
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 think--and have been thinking--about 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. "Chomsky's book is an indispensable guide to the current debate on immigration. If you are at all uncertain about how to deal with anti-immigrant arguments, you will find Chomsky's book a perfect response to those arguments. She makes her points with crystal-clear clarity, and unassailable evidence, while offering constructive solutions, both short-term and long-term." --Howard Zinn, author of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train "Immigrants take away jobs from "Americans."Immigrants drive down wages. Immigrants don't pay taxes and yet benefit from public services. You've heard it all before, probably from CNN's Lou Dobbs. But as Avi Chomsky demonstrates, these are all myths, if not outright lies. She not only demolishes virtually every myth about immigrants and immigration to the U.S., she offers policy makers and activists solutions for tackling many of the issues created by globalization and an immigration policy grounded in falsehoods, and in so doing destroys the greatest myth of all: that nothing can be done." --Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Finally, a concise and comprehensive breakdown of the most prevalent misconceptions about immigration. Avi Chomsky provides not only practical ammunition for the pundit wars, but also real thinking about the intersection of migration with the history of race and rights in the U.S. It's the definitive field guide to today's immigration debate." --Tram Nguyen, executive editor of Colorlines magazine and author of We Are All Suspects Now "Avi Chomsky's new book, "They Take Our Jobs!" is a welcome addition to the literature and tools needed to inform the current debate on immigration. In identifying more than 20 "myths" about immigration, the author brings readers through an accessible discussion that includes history, politics, economics and social analysis to challenge these myths and more. At a time when we desperately need to shift the public discourse in the U.S. and elsewhere, to include a more humane and informed perspective on the process of immigration and the lives of migrants and their families, Chomsky's book provides us all with a much-neededsense of history and justice--and injustice--that must be included as we struggle for fair and humane immigration policies." --Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights "If ever there was a need for a pithy primer on immigration, it's now, and scholar-activist Aviva Chomsky has provided just that. She considers myths from the book's title, "immigrants don't pay taxes" and then gracefully and in plain language delivers arguments with lessons on history, law and racism. In other words, this is the book to give yo

Immigrants and the economy
Immigrants take American jobs
Immigrants compete with low-skilled workers and drive down wages
Unions oppose immigration because it harms the working class
Immigrants don't pay taxes
Immigrants are a drain on the economy
Immigrants send most of what they earn out of the country in the form of remittances
Immigrants and the law
The rules apply to everyone, so new immigrants need to follow them just as immigrants in the past did
The country is being overrun by illegal immigrants
The United States has a generous refugee policy
Immigration and race
The United States is a melting pot that has always welcomed immigrants from all over the world
Since we are all the descendants of immigrants here, we all start on equal footing
Today's immigrants threaten the national culture because they are not assimilating
Today's immigrants are not learning English, and bilingual education just adds to the problem
How have U.S. policies created immigration?
Immigrants only come here because they want to enjoy our higher standard of living
Case study : the Philippines
The debate at the turn of the millennium
The American public opposes immigration, and the debate in Congress reflects that
The overwhelming victory of Proposition 187 in California shows that the public opposes immigration
Immigration is a problem
Countries need to control who goes in and out
We need to protect our borders to prevent criminals and terrorists from entering the country
If people break our laws by immigrating illegally, they are criminals and should be deported
The problems this book raises are so huge that there's nothing we can do about them

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