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Unauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants

Unauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants

by Marisol Clark-Ibanez, Richelle S. Swan


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Unauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants takes readers inside the diverse contemporary worlds of undocumented Latino immigrants in the United States, exploring the myths and realities of education, health care, work, deportation, and more. This book aims to dispel common misconceptions while introducing readers to real people behind the headlines.

Chapters explore the myths and realities of topics including education, health care, work, deportation, and more. As immigration remains a controversial topic in the United States, this book aims to dispel common misconceptions about immigration while introducing readers to the real people behind the headlines.

The topic of undocumented immigration has received tremendous attention-from the debate on immigration reform to the Executive Actions of President Obama to the growing numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America and more. In addition, the Syrian refugee crisis and the anti-immigrant discourse of presidential candidate Donald Trump have enraged many observers and emboldened others. This book provides factual information to readers who are interested in learning more about these issues and the people who are labeled "illegal." Each chapter draws on both existing and original research to provide an accessible overview of key themes, and case studies bring issues to life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442273825
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/21/2019
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez is professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. She is the faculty director for the National Latino Research Center and the lead author of Undocumented Latino Youth.

Richelle Swan is professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. She is co-author of Juvenile Delinquency in a Diverse Society and co-editor of Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes and Tables
1 Introduction
Taking a Critical Human Rights Approach
A Quick Look at the Numbers
Why We Focus on Latinx Undocumented Immigrants
Why Is There So Much Latinx Migration?
Where Is That "Line"?
Can a Person "Get in Line" by Being Sponsored by a
Family Member?
Social Institutions-For All of Us
Chapter Overview
2 The Double-Edged Sword of the Media
Portrait of Magdalena
Myth and Myth Busted
Media Framing of Immigration and Immigrants
Creating a Moral Panic About Immigration
Mixed Messages: Mainstream Media Coverage of Latinxs
The Latinx Disconnect in the Media
Media Stereotypes of Latinx Immigrants and Immigration Fueling Fear
Inventing a Criminological Story
Promoting Hate Speech
Creating Threatening Imagery
Moments of Mainstream Media Resistance
Humane Representations of Immigrants and Immigration
Television Shows
Documentaries and Feature Films
User-Generated Digital and Social Media
3 Shortchanged-Work and Labor
Portrait of Arturo
Myth and Myth Busted
The Economic Contributions of Unauthorized Immigrants
The Surprising Role of the IRS
Myth and Myth Busted
The Segmented Labor Market and the Myth of Job Displacement
Labor Rights for Undocumented Workers
Agricultural Work: Backbreaking and Essential
Day Laborers: Vulnerable on the Streets
Aging White Americans and Undocumented Workers
Undocumented Women Workers
Reporting Workplace Abuse
Working Children and Youth
Children and Agriculture: Major Loopholes Leading to Inequality
Poultry and Meat Processing: Dangerous Work for Undocumented
North Carolina Hog Workers
Nebraska Meatpackers
Workplace Raids and Deportation
Undocumented Professionals: Smart, Persistent, and Committed to the Cause
The Role of Visas for Undocumented Workers
"America's Got Immigrant Talent!"
Proposing a Human-Right-to-Work Framework
4 Educational Dreams and Barriers
Portrait of Erika
Myth and Myth Busted
The (Leaking) Educational Pipeline for Undocumented Students
Financial Barriers and Opportunities
Place Matters: Educational Access Driven by Location
Important Education Legislation
Plyler v. Doe (1982): Guaranteeing Undocumented Children and
Youth Public Education
The Federal DREAM Act: A Not-Yet-Realized Pathway for
Undocumented Youth Dreamer Identity
Dreamer Identity
Becoming DACAmented: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
School as a Safe Zone: Protection from Immigration Enforcement
Feeling "In Between"
Returning to the Mexican Educational System Through Deportation or Necessity
Undocumented Voices for Advocacy
The Importance of Allies
Inspiring Educational Alternatives
Freedom University
University of the People
Becoming an Ally
Including the Original Dreamers in Immigration Reform
5 Freefall with No Safety Net: Health
Portrait of Blanca
Myth and Myth Busted
Myth and Myth Busted
The Emergency Room: The Only Remaining Federal Protection
How States "Do" (or Don't Do) Health Care for
Undocumented Immigrants
Health Care Approaches of Selected States: New York, California,
and Texas
New York-"Lady Liberty's Message"
California-"A Ray of Hope"
Texas-High Need, Oppressive Tactics
The Difference a County Makes
The Crucial Role of Community Clinics
Effects of Immigration Policies: Bad for Health
Undocumented Children and Youth
Dental Care: Urgent Need and Few Resources
Creation of a Mental Health Crisis
Mental Health and Youth
Harmful for Health: Raids, Detention, and Deportation
Detention Centers: Troubling Solution, Terrifying Health Effects
Children in Detention: Inflicting More Harm
Doctors' Moral Compasses and Professional Ethics
6 Legal Issues, Detention, and Deportation
Portraits of Detention and Deportation from the News
Myth and Myth Busted
Crimmigration and the Immigration Industrial Complex
Crimmigration = The Criminalization of Migran...

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