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While Central American migration is widely discussed, the histories and realities of Central America that were well known several decades ago and continue to profoundly shape the region today are virtually erased from social memory. At the center of the American immigration debate are migrants from Central America fleeing corruption and violence in search of asylum in the United States. However, w…

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In They Take Our Jobs! Aviva Chomsky challenges the underlying assumptions that fuel misinformed claims about immigrants, radically altering our notions of citizenship, discrimination, and U.S. history. Since it was first published, many of the same myths about immigration such as immigrants take American jobs, immigrants don't pay taxes, and immigrants increase crime continue to be perpetuated an…

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In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how illegality and undocumentedness are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, have been assigned this status-and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a lega…

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