Undocumented

How Immigration Became Illegal

By Aviva Chomsky
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807001677, 256pp.)

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

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Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context
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 Mexican 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 legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America.



About the Author
Aviva Chomsky is Professor of Latin American history at Salem State College in Massachusetts. She has been active in Central America, Cuba, and Colombia solidarity work for several decades.
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