Concise, well documented account of the history of immigration, it's social contexts, the changes in the law, and the creation of a problem that was never a problem. Every time you hear some politician complaining about "illegal" immigration, reach for this book, absorb a large dose of reality, and do what you can to lance the boil of misinformation, bigotry, and stop the shabby and cynical abuse of our institutions and sensibilities in the name of, basically, having an issue and keeping wages low.
Revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking book which demystifies twenty-one of the most widespread myths and beliefs about immigrants and immigrations.
Aviva Chomsky dismantles twenty-one of the most widespread and pernicious myths and beliefs about immigrants and immigration in this incisive book. "They Take Our Jobs!" challenges the underlying assumptions that fuel misinformed claims about immigrants, radically altering our notions of citizenship, discrimination, and US history. With fresh material including a new introduction, revised timeline, and updated terminology section, this expanded edition is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how these myths are used to promote aggressive anti-immigrant policies.
About the Author
Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and the coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University. The author of several books, Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants' rights movements for over thirty years. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.
“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand immigration in the US.” —Eva Longoria, actress, businesswoman, producer, and philanthropist
“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. She makes her points with clarity and uses unassailable evidence while offering constructive short- and long-term solutions.” —Howard Zinn, author of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
“[Chomsky] not only demolishes virtually every myth about immigrants and immigration to the US, but also offers policymakers 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
“Chomsky’s book provides us all with a much-needed sense 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