Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and

Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants [Epub] ➟ Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants Author David Bacon – For two decades veteran photojournalist David Bacon has documented the connections between labor migration and the global economy In Illegal People Bacon explores the human side of globalization expos For two decades veteran photojournalist David Bacon has How Globalization PDF º documented the connections between labor migration and the global economy In Illegal People Bacon explores the human side of globalization exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America and Asia driving them to migrate At the same time US immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in the United States Illegal People explains why our national policy produces even displacement migration immigration raids and a divided polarized societyThrough interviews Illegal People: ePUB ½ and on the spot reporting from both impoverished communities abroad and American immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods Bacon shows how the United States' trade and economic policy abroad in seeking to create a favorable investment climate for large corporations creates conditions to displace communities and set migration into motion Trade policy and immigration are intimately linked Bacon argues and are in fact elements of a single economic system In particular he analyzes NAFTA's corporate tilt as a cause of displacement and migration from Mexico and People: How Globalization PDF/EPUB æ shows how criminalizing immigrant labor benefits employers For example Bacon explains that pre NAFTA Oaxacan corn farmers received subsidies for their crops State owned CONASUPO markets turned the corn into tortillas and sold them along with milk and other basic foodstuffs at low subsidized prices in cities Post NAFTA several things happened the Mexican government was forced to end its subsidies for corn which meant that farmers couldn't afford to produce it; the CONASUPO system was dissolved; and cheap US corn flooded the Mexican People: How Globalization Creates Migration MOBI :↠ market driving the price of corn sharply down Because Oaxacan farming families can't sell enough corn to buy food and supplies People: How Globalization Creates Migration MOBI :↠ many thousands migrate every year making the perilous journey over the border into the United States only to be labeled illegal and to find that working itself has become for them a crime Bacon powerfully traces the development of illegal status back to slavery and shows the human cost of treating the indispensable labor of millions of migrants and the migrants themselves as illegal Illegal People argues for a sea change in the way we think debate and legislate around issues of migration and globalization making a compelling case for why we need to consider immigration and migration from a globalized human rights perspective.

10 thoughts on “Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Bacon's new book does a good job of exploring the ways in which neoliberalism has affected the individual lives of immigrant workers and assessing case studies of local struggles against exploitative employers and immigration authorities He's also especially good in explaining why attempts at instituting comprehensive immigration reform particularly those that include employer sanctions and guest worker programs are inherently exploitative and should be strenuously opposed by anyone who cares anything about the rights of workers forced to migrate by international economic policy And his critiue of NAFTA and other free trade measures is especially effective in demonstrating how they've accomplished the exact opposite of their ostensible purpose promote development in poor countries and reduce migration to the rich countries There are some problems with the book however Bacon seems to have far too sanguine a view of the nationalistdevelopmentalist import substitution regimes that dominated Latin America from the 1940s through the 1970s While this development strategy certainly had some successes it also contained a host of major problems many of these regimes were corrupt and brutally repressive of oppositional movements on the left and it had legitimately run out of steam by the 1970s As Doug Henwood and other left economists have pointed out the system had to either break in a neoliberal direction which it did or in an explicitly anti capitalistsocialist direction which it did not While Bacon mentions certain drawbacks of this strategy in passing he fails to adeuately identify its major weaknesses I know that this book isn't an academic treatise on historical or comparative political economy but these are important issues Further the book completely lacks any sort of citation system and doesn't even have an index It would have been helpful to have some sort of citations attached to his interview testimony as well as some of the facts and figures he employs so that they might be checked or followed up on by the reader The lack of an index takes an incredibly important access point away from the reader and makes it hard to go back to the book to locate specific bits of information one might want to use These problems do not affect the content of the book but they're large enough to make me dock a star from the book's score The publisher should really take care to include these features in the paperback edition of the bookThat said Illegal People will still be very useful to activists involved in struggles for immigrants' and workers' rights and is one of the few books on immigration to identify its major cause in the contemporary political climate the unjust structure of the international political economy

  2. Laura Laura says:

    I absolutely love the last line of this book The borders between countries should be common ground where they can come together not lines to pull them apart Beautiful It captures the idea of a sense of globalization based in true human community rather than exploitation This is an excellent investigation into how globalization migration and labor all tangle together and affect policy decisions on the local national and international levels There's so much in this book that I don't know where to begin What I really love about Bacon's study is that he carefully lays out the history behind all of the current issues surrounding labor and immigration He goes into great depth about why a guest worker program is really just a revamped version of indentured servitude vis a vis the Bracero program He also explains at great length with many specific stories and examples how keeping workers in an undocumented status keeps wages low and discourages union forming He also explores in depth the phenomenon of contract hiring as a way to keep profits high but wages low it's a way to keep workers in a state of dependent insecurity while maxing the profit from their labor If you are interested in labor the rights of workers immigration or globalization then this is a must read I won't say that it's an easy read It's dense at times and doesn't always follow a clear trajectory but the information in this book is extremely important to know if you believe that all human beings do in fact deserve eual rights

  3. Kiren Chaudhry Kiren Chaudhry says:

    This is an excellent investigation into how globalization migration and labor all tangle together and affect policy decisions on the local national and international levels Labor everywhere from the tertiary sector of vulnerable undocumented people to HI B visa holding specialized engineers in Silicon Valley Tech industry  The theme is unionized labor and workers' right are necessary because things uickly becomes exploitive in the context of Globalization In the context of globalization everything is for profit money if free to move around the people creating the money not so much There’s a lot of poignant stories to give the phenomena a human face This book is important because it gives a better understanding of the human cost of the consumption of exploited labor Labor and Migration is the catch 22 of our time you can’t sustain the current global economy without migration but migration is illegal leaving those migrating vulnerable than ever to the string that comes attached to it Not a feel good read but a really important one

  4. Natalie Natalie says:

    I am someone who is torn about undocumented immigration to the US I want all people valued and treated with dignity but I am trying to formulate a way in which granting illegal entrants is fair to people who came here legally and US citizens I did not feel like this book made a great case for anything really I do like that the author takes the time to point out the garbage heap that is NAFTA and what it’s done to create the drive for people to migrate illegally The thing that probably bothers me most about this book is citing statistics and legislation with no actual citations

  5. Janie Janie says:

    This book is almost completely USMexico centric David Bacon is a photojournalist and I think he should stick with the photos I dragged myself through parts of every chapter I was determined to finish but my effort almost outweighed the benefit Pros my information and awareness of day laborers is complete I appreciated that he didn't try to hide his purpose and bias I've come up with some good uestions I think? after reading this but it's going to be a fight to find answer discussionsI am even confuzzled about unions than I was before starting the book One of my most informative and unfortunate personal lessons about worker exploitation came as a result of my nickel and diming bosses at an immigration law firm Bacon would eat that up

  6. Heath Heath says:

    Overall this is a great book with an important story to tell one that goes largely unreported in the mainstream media I have a tremendous amount of respect for Bacon's work as a journalist However the book would have worked better as a collection of essays as the structure was a bit disjointed

  7. Clare Clare says:

    While a much needed wake up call concerning immigration in America David Bacon’s very pro immigrant Illegal People reads much like a compilation of articles on the subject rather than a coherent book on the subject

  8. My Bookshelf My Bookshelf says:

    I gave this to Neela for her birthday in 2008 but truth be told it was a bit of a chipmunk gift as I wanted to read it as well Anyway I started reading it during the tail end of my time in LA and finished it up in New York Interesting book but poorly organized

  9. Astrid Astrid says:

    Really ugly to read Poor trajectory in the argument structure but anecdotes and case studies are satisfying A few really intense points made on the latent power of immigrant workers in the US and the nation state's concept of illegal

  10. David David says:

    magnificent beautiful everyone should read this

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