They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration

They Take Our Jobs And Other Myths about Immigration 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

  • Title: They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
  • Author: Aviva Chomsky
  • ISBN: 9780807041567
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 underlyClaims 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.

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    About " Aviva Chomsky "

  • Aviva Chomsky

    Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University The author of several books, Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants rights issues for over twenty five years She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.


  • Why do conservatives get easy arguments like, "They take our jobs!" and us liberals have to expound on the historic, economic, and social structures of the last 3 centuries to get our point across? This doesn't seem fair.

  • I just finished reading this book and I want to say "THANK YOU AVIVA!" I'm an educated Chicano from California so it's a really hot topic here. Many people are greatly misinformed about the subject of immigration. It's not completely their fault since it is a politically charged issue. We tend to listen to those that shout loudest (ahem* Fox News). Aviva dissects the 21 most voiced accusations about immigration, which prove to be myths depending on racist conventional wisdom. Aviva elaborates on [...]

  • As someone admittedly pretty ignorant of the ins and outs of immigration issues, I really got a lot out of this book. It examines immigration into the US as a result of structural factors (globalization, colonialism, neoliberalism) that help to explain a lot of the immigration trends today. Chomsky's account of the evolution of the relationship between race and citizenship in the US is very interesting, as well as the chapter on assimilation into racial hierarchies into the US--and how that nega [...]

  • Each chapter takes a look at different myths associated with immigration and uses data to disprove each issue. For example, in the chapter on immigrants taking American jobs, the author does a good job of showing how the job market is really elastic. The job market contrasts and expands - really with the ebb and flow of demand ~ the best point being that in times of population expansion there are more jobs and more consumers to support the economy. The influx of foreign immigrants is really a me [...]

  • This book was on a reading list for women of our church.Aviva Chomsky is now @ the top of my prayer list.I had hoped this book would better explain why we have so many illegal people siphoning our country dry.Instead the introduction sets a negative tone which is held throughout the book.I am now convinced even more the illegals should be deported, supports stopped for their welfare and sustenance. The hue and cry about the newest "native-born" children of the illegals just underscores the way t [...]

  • Eye-opening. Either I slept through US history in high school or they teach a white-washed version (no pun intendedwell, maybe so.)US Policy is a farce no matter who is in office. We were built on the backs of the poor and our government has made sure throughout history that that status quo is maintained. I don't believe it's any different in 2011. Those with everything want to keep it that way and those with a little more than the folks on the bottom don't want to fight to help those below them [...]

  • I enjoyed reading this book because it addressed many of the prominent misconceptions of immigration. I wished the chapter on taxes was elaborated a little more, but otherwise, I found the book great! It reminded me of my own ignorance toward the immigration topic and how much more I should have researched my thesis.

  • Although the formation of a "well, what comes next?" plan seems to be an after thought in the book, I think the issues brought to light in the book are well researched. This is definitely an important book to read if you want to have intelligent conversations about immigration.

  • This book identifies some of the common myths and misconceptions about immigration and its history in the U.S. Chomsky tells a number of stories to make it personable while detailing stats and trends. The result is a heartbreaking tale that we would do well to fix.

  • This is a must read book To understand that there are so many myths that people need to read and understand that they are just that myths.

  • Very well written and I was with the author 100% of the way. It was great to see all of the arguments and counter-arguments about why immigration is "bad" laid out in one place. The author does a wonderful job of illustrating the inter-connectedness of our ever more globalizing world, and the central role that the US (and other colonial forces) play in causing chain reactions that create what our contradictory politics have labeled "problems" throughout history. I appreciate her dive into race r [...]

  • I saw Aviva Chomsky speak in April and she started with a 30 minute history of the United States from the perspective of all immigration, and ended with 30 minutes of discussing some of the most common (mis)perceptions of immigration that are discussed in all forums - news articles, TV journalism, blogs, kitchen tables The book has a similar format, starting with an abridged history of the US and finishing with the 20 most common arguments against immigration (of all forms) cleverly analyzed to [...]

  • This is an excellent book about immigration. It's from a leftist, even Marxist perspective, so you might get triggered if you fall on the opposite side of the political spectrum. But the facts and arguments can't be ignored. The book takes on a slough of different misconceptions and lies about the issue and cuts through the crap in a clear, concise, no-nonsense and straightforward manner. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants more clarity on the subject. I especially recommend it as a compan [...]

  • This book addresses 20 myths we have about U.S. immigration. Coming from a Dutch family that immigrated to the U.S. in 1908 I have held an unrealistic and prejudice view of our immigration history. My family was the preferred group of immigrants, i.e. white, northern european, and wanting to work hard to fit into American society. My biggest misconception was that since we were decendents of immigrants we all start out on equal footing naive is that? I'm sure this book will challenge your belief [...]

  • I didn't read this from cover to cover, but I dipped into it at several places. It's dense with important information. And although I won't retain most of the facts, I'll certainly remember the premise: that most of what passes for information about immigrants is misinformation, particularly the myth that they are a drain on the economy. I was surprised to learn that a majority of undocumented immigrants, using fake IDs, pay taxes and pay into social security, which they will never get to collec [...]

  • Vital, important, powerful book. The narrative is neatly spaced into small myth-shattering chapters. Since the topic, migration, is a vast issue, the book takes a broad approach and at this it succeeds. The arguments are soaring and ethically powerful and simply stated. It is packed with information and delivered in a solid approach. I highly doubt any Republicans will read this book, so it may not live up to its potential. I love immigrants. God bless the migrants, the field hands, the nannies, [...]

  • Straightforward prose and generally well-argued thesis that immigration is "part of an interconnected global system that has been shaped by history and economics" and is the issues associated with immigration are better resolved through policies that work towards a more equitable global system than through aggressive border patrol or anti-immigrant laws. Occasionally the author seemed to get off on a tangent or did not connect her arguments back to the myth she intended to debunk, but more often [...]

  • Very important book for anyone interested in the "immigration" issue, which if we're honest impacts all of us because it's intimately related to our economy. I only gave it four stars because I was expecting it to be more of a primer on refuting common myths, whereas it turned out to be more of a good overview of various aspects of the debate. Very quick read, good info and good summary of the situation.

  • This book gave a nice overview of immigration and its history in the United States. Facts presented were sometimes interesting, sometime surprising, and often infuriating (like the relationship between race and immigration policies). I feel like I have a better understanding of current issues surrounding immigration and could now have a more intelligent discussion on the topic.

  • As somebody who has followed the contemporary debate on US Immigration policy, most of the information in this book was not new. It was refreshing, however, to see all of it in one place and well referenced. Aviva draws several connections between historical and economic figures that bring both clarity and perspective to the topic.

  • This book really brought more insight about the usual assumptions I have heard about immigration and provided great facts and historical context of how these myths were untrue. In general the book was a great easy read, but I breezed more through the second half. I was personally more attracted to the couple of personal stories he highlighted in the book.

  • This book is good to get a quick introduction to immigration issues. I agree with the author that much of the current anti-immigration reaction is flawed. When millions of people routinely break a law, the law is most likely the problem. However, the author is way off base with her anti-capitalist agenda and her re-distribution of wealth ideas to solve the immigration problem.

  • This book will provide the most useful information in my arsenal of arguments for people who spout inanities like the one in the title. Especially timely and relevant after Stephen Colbert's recent efforts (along with Arturo Rodríguez) to draw awareness to the experiences of (mostly Latino/a) farmworkers.

  • Any person interested in an unbiased view on the US immigration policies since the beginning of this nation should be able to learn much. there are 21 "myths" the author targets, and each one reveals more and more how our society manages to bury its head in the sand time and again when it comes to considering ourselves truly equal in the eyes of the government and as neighbors.

  • This book is full of information about the history of immigration and the various forms U.S. law has taken over the years. While I don't feel the author is especially good at writing persuasive essays, reading this book did give me different perspectives on many aspects of this topic.

  • This is a very informative book no matter what your views on immigration are. If only more people would take the time to learn more about the history and causes of migration to this country, there could be a much more productive approach to the issue.

  • This book opened my eyes to a lot of rhetoric people spout about illegal immigrants. I already had a more compassionate view toward immigration, but this book simply helped provide data that supported my feelings.

  • What a wonderful book on immigration. Aviva Chomsky tears apart years of widespread myths of both immigrants and immigration. The arguments she lays out are both educated and well researched. Every one should read this book.

  • This is definitely a one-sided argument, so I wished it had a little bit more of both sides. But it does being up some points to thing about. I read it for a Sociology class, and it definitely made me think about the issues more.

  • I thought this was a pretty good overview of a sometimes-contentious topic. It had a lot of historical information that provided an interesting perspective. Its being broken into short chapters on specific topics and questions made it easy to read and to understand the arguments presented.

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