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The right to stay home : how US policy drives Mexican migration

Author: David Bacon
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2013]
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People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country's population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bacon
ISBN: 9780807001615 0807001619 9780807061213 0807061212
OCLC Number: 826017751
Description: xv, 309 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: From Perote to Tar Heel. Pushing people out of Veracruz --
Smithfield goes to Mexico --
And Veracruz migrants come to the United States --
The union campaign in Tar Heel --
Demands for change, on both sides of the border --
A union for tobacco workers --
Narrative one: You don't need to be a doctor or scientist to smell the stench: the story of Fausto Limon --
Narrative two: We're here because of the economic crisis: the story of David Ceja and Guadalupe Marroquin --
Cursed by gold or blessed by corn. Communities resist Canadian mining companies --
Killings in San Jose del Progreso --
Oaxacans debate poverty and migration --
A government committed to the right to not migrate? --
Can the Triquis go home? --
Narrative three: If we don't attack the roots of migration, it will continue to grow: the story of Rufino Dominguez --
Narrative four: We want to talk about the right to stay home: the story of Aldo Gonzalez --
The right to a union means the right to stay home. Mexican miners resist repression and poverty --
Labor law reform a boss could love --
Calderon goes to war with the SME --
Migration and cross-border labor solidarity --
Narrative five: We're fighting for our right to keep on living in Cananea: the story of Jacinto Martinez --
Narrative six: No matter what the result, we will continue to resist: the story of Humberto Montes de Oca --
Defending the human rights of migrants. Special courtrooms for immigrants --
Bush ties workplace raids to immigration reform --
Myths and realities of enforcement --
Mississippi resists political raids and anti-immigrant bills --
Utah's immigration bills: a blast from the past --
Narrative seven: They pay us a wage that barely allows us to make a living: the story of Lucrecia Camacho --
Narrative eight: We made them millions of dollars: the story of Lupe Chavez --
Fighting the firings. Mass firings: the Obama administration's workplace enforcement policy --
The firings spread, along with resistance --
Protest tactics cross the border --
Marching away from the Cold War --
Narrative nine: This law is very unjust: the story of Teresa Mina --
Narrative ten: When we speak you hear a roar: the story of Keith Ludlum and Terry Slaughter --
Human beings or just workers? How do you say justice in Mixteco? --
Something less than citizens --
Enforcing labor rights for border crossers --
Canada's "model" guest worker program --
The pitfalls of regulating guest worker programs --
Narrative eleven: The future doesn't exist for us here: the story of Miguel Huerta --
The right not to migrate and radical reform. Challenging the Washington, DC, consensus --
The right to not migrate is a social movement.
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People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country's population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation. In The Right to Stay Home, journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back--envisioning a world in which migration isn't forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the "right to stay home." This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders. In addition to incisive reporting, eleven narratives are included, giving readers the chance to hear the voices of activists themselves as they reflect on their experiences, analyze the complexities of their realities, and affirm their vision for a better world. -- Publisher website.

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