Kunal Parker, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000

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Their description: “This book reconceptualizes the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the beginning of the twenty-first century by joining the histories of immigrants to those of Native Americans, African Americans, women, Asian Americans, Latino/a Americans, and the poor. Kunal Parker argues that during the earliest stages of American […]

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Justin Akers Chacon & Mike Davis, No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Photographs by Julian Cardona)

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Their description: “No One Is Illegal convincingly debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants. Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices that have grown increasingly loud in the current political moment, No One is Illegal exposes the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and puts a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to […]

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¡Gigante Despierta! Giant Awake!

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My thoughts: This is a powerful compilation of clips that cover the Immigrant Rights Marches of 2006. While this is a relatively short film, through a series of personal narratives, it provides a glimpse into the complex lives of the people who are usually just referred to as amorphous “immigrants.” Their description: “Help us caption […]

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One Penny More

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One of too many examples of essential workers treated as expendable workers (see more videos like this on twitter at UFW #wefeedyou) Their description: “The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food. The CIW […]

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David G. Garcia, Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality (University of California Press, 2018)

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My thoughts: Latinx people have many hidden histories in the United States. The long and brutal history of lynching Mexicans is being written now (see Forgotten Dead), while Garcia is teaching us more about the little-known history of segregating Mexican children in US schools. As Garcia argue, this wasn’t an accident, this wasn’t an unintended […]

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Cynthia E. Orozco, Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist (University of Texas Press, 2020)

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My thoughts: If we don’t write our history, others will write it for us. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be disappointed by what you read. Orozco has devoted her career to unearthing our people’s history. This is another powerful example of her life’s work. Their description: “In Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican […]

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