Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants (Hardcover)

From Migrants to Immigrants

By Jorge G. Castaneda

New Press, 9781595581631, 222pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008



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 a Mexican politician and academic who served as Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs from 2000 to 2003. He worked as a professor at several universities, including the National Autonomous University of Mexico; the University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; New York University; and the University of Cambridge. He has authored more than a dozen books, including Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants, The Mexican Shock: Its Meaning for the United States, and Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen, all published by The New Press. Castaneda regularly contributes to newspapers such as Reforma (Mexico), El Pais (Spain), the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek.