"They Take Our Jobs!"

"They Take Our Jobs!"

And 20 Other Myths About Immigration

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
Claims that immigrants take Americans' jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of the most common assumptions and beliefs underlying statements like "I'm not against immigration, only illegal immigration" and challenges the misinformation in clear, straightforward prose.

In exposing the myths that underlie today's debate, Chomsky illustrates how the parameters and presumptions of the debate distort how we think—and have been thinking—about immigration. She observes that race, ethnicity, and gender were historically used as reasons to exclude portions of the population from access to rights. Today, Chomsky argues, the dividing line is citizenship. Although resentment against immigrants and attempts to further marginalize them are still apparent today, the notion that non-citizens, too, are created equal is virtually absent from the public sphere. Engaging and fresh, this book will challenge common assumptions about immigrants, immigration, and U.S. history.

Houghton
Claims that immigrants take Americans' jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of the most common assumptions and beliefs underlying statements like "I'm not against immigration, only illegal immigration" and challenges the misinformation in clear, straightforward prose.

In exposing the myths that underlie today's debate, Chomsky illustrates how the parameters and presumptions of the debate distort how we think—and have been thinking—about immigration. She observes that race, ethnicity, and gender were historically used as reasons to exclude portions of the population from access to rights. Today, Chomsky argues, the dividing line is citizenship. Although resentment against immigrants and attempts to further marginalize them are still apparent today, the notion that non-citizens, too, are created equal is virtually absent from the public sphere. Engaging and fresh, this book will challenge common assumptions about immigrants, immigration, and U.S. history.

Baker & Taylor
Debunks a variety of myths surrounding the subject of immigration and immigrants in the United States, covering the economy, the law, race and government policies. Original.

Book News
In the spirit of her famous father, Chomsky (Latin American studies, Salem State College, Massachusetts) has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrant rights issues for over a quarter of a century. Among the myths she dispels are that immigrants send most of what they earn out of the country, they threaten the national culture by refusing to assimilate, that countries need to control who goes in and out, and that the American public opposes immigration. She has not indexed her work. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Debunks a variety of myths surrounding the subject of immigration and immigrants in the United States, covering the economy, the law, race, and government policies.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2007
ISBN: 0807041564
9780807041567 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 304.873 CHO
Characteristics: xxvi, 236 p. ; 22 cm

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StarGladiator
Mar 24, 2015

People verbally acost me for attacking the Chomskys - - if they were pure and honest, why do they always appear to come down on the side of the oligarchs and hegemons?
If Avi Chomsky can dismantle so-called myths, dismantle us this, Chomsky?
(1) Chinese workers flown in to build a bridge in Idaho - - clearly illegal, but once the TPP is passed it will most certainly be legal?
(2) Thai farm workers flown in to replace laid-off American and Mexican farm workers in central Washington and California, and farm workers in Hawaii?
(3) American IT workers ordered to train foreign visa replacement [scab] workers from India, or else the American workers will lose their severance and any possibility of a positive reference?
(4) When Bunge Foods lays off all their workers at various facilities, and replaces them wholesale with undocumented workers?
Immigration is one thing, the Chomskys' constant revisionism of modern history is quite something else! [When I worked in Miami for a short period, I once overheard several conversations at a bus stop from the same Cuban woman immigrant: the first time she was bragging to another lady about how easily she obtained a domestic position at a well-to-do lady's household; several months later she was talking to the same woman friend, but this time crying, saying how she lost her job because another immigrant was willing to work for a cheaper salary! Now that's American reality!]

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waltery
Jan 04, 2012

If you liked this subject-- watch DVD,,, Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos ,,, about how immigration is changing and challenging the western cowboy city of Brooks, Alberta

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Jherek
Sep 06, 2011

An excellent antidote to the anti-Latino sentiment that prevades our society today.

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