Ex Mex

Ex Mex

From Migrants to Immigrants

By Jorge G. Castaneda

New Press, Hardcover, 9781595581631, 222pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

Description

From the massive nationwide rally in support of immigrant rights in May 2006 to protests against the increasingly frequent immigration raids across the country, the public debate on immigration reform has largely centered on Mexican immigrants. Yet, in the United States, we rarely hear the Mexican perspective on the issue.

In "portraits that defy American stereotypes of who is a Mexican immigrant" ("Booklist"), former Mexican foreign minister and eminent scholar Jorge G. CastaNeda describes just who makes up the newest generation of immigrants from Mexico, why they have chosen to live in the United States, where they work, and what they ultimately hope to achieve. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience, CasteNeda examines the century-long historical background behind the labor exchange between Mexico and the United States, while offering an insider's account of the official conversations and secret negotiations between the two countries in recent years.

Both authoritative and timely, "Ex Mex" is essential reading for all who want to make sense of the complex issue of immigration.



About the Author
Jorge G. Castaneda is the author of several books, including "Perpetuating Power, The Mexican Shock" (both published by The New Press), and "Utopia Unarmed". Having served as Mexico's foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, he is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He divides his time between Mexico City and New York City.