Targeted Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration

ISBN-10: 1583227288

ISBN-13: 9781583227282

Edition: 2006

Authors: Deepa Fernandes, Howard Zinn

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Every year the American Dream inspires hundreds of thousands of people to risk their savings-and their lives-to enter the United States in search of a better life. Increasingly, instead of finding their dream, many encounter a nightmare-a country whose culture and legal system aggressively target and prosecute them. In Targeted, journalist Deepa Fernandes seamlessly weaves together history, political analysis, and first-person narratives of those caught in the grips of the increasingly Kafkaesque US Homeland Security system: immigrants, non-citizens and undocumented workers. Deepa-herself an immigrant well-acquainted with US immigration procedures-takes the reader on a harrowing journey inside the new American immigrant experience, a journey marked by militarized border zones, racist profiling, criminalization, and detention. Fernandes argues that since 9/11 the Bush administration has been carrying out a series of systematic changes to decades-old immigration policy that simultaneously constitute a roll back of immigrant rights and a boon for a growing "Immigration Industrial Complex." She also documents the bullet-to-ballot strategy of white supremacist elements that have successfully infiltrated and influenced the writing of the country's immigration legislation. Deepa Fernandes is a radio journalist for Pacifica Radio whose award-winning work has aired on the BBC World Service, and National Public Radio. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice, In These Times and the New York Amsterdam News. Targeted, her first book, is the result of four years of research collecting narratives from immigrants as well as human rights groups and lawyers who are challenging the Bush administrations policies.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 1/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Deepa Fernandes is an young, award-winning radio and print journalist who has reported from around the globe for the BBC News, NPR, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, ABC News, the Village Voice and anothers. She is host of the nationally broadcast program Free Speech Radio News.

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

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