Killing the American Dream by Pilar Marrero
How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation

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As the US deports record numbers of illegal immigrants and local and state governments scramble to pass laws resembling dystopian police states where anyone can be questioned and neighbors are encouraged to report on one another, violent anti-immigration rhetoric is growing across the nation. Against this tide of hysteria, Pilar Marrero reveals how damaging this rise in malice toward immigrants is not only to the individuals, but to our country as a whole. Marrero explores the rise in hate groups and violence targeting the foreign-born from the 1986 Immigration Act to the increasing legislative madness of laws like Arizona’s SB1070 which allows law officers to demand documentation from any individual with “reasonable suspicion” of citizenship, essentially encouraging states and municipalities to form their own self-contained nation-states devoid of immigrants. Assessing the current status quo of immigration, Marrero reveals the economic drain these ardent anti-immigration policies have as they deplete the nation of an educated work force, undermine efforts to stabilize tax bases and social security, and turn the American Dream from a time honored hallmark of the nation into an unattainable fantasy for all immigrants of the present and future.

About Pilar Marrero

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Pilar Marrero is editor and reporter for La Opinion, the largest and oldest Spanish language daily paper in America, winning awards from associations including New America Media, the New School, and the International Center for Journalists for her intriguing work exploring the trials and tribulations of the Latino community.  With her 25 years of experience covering social and political issues,  she is one of the most highly sought after commenters by international and local media for  knowledgeable insight to the issues that face Latinos,  appearing on such outlets as BBC World, CNN, and NPR,  among others. She teaches journalism courses at UCLA-extension and lives in California.
Published October 2, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author provides an informed overview of the evolution of America's immigration policy from the Reagan administration to today, and she argues passionately and persuasively that, far from draining our resources and “taking” jobs from native-born Americans, illegal immigrants ultimately contrib...

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Investigating small towns undergoing demographic shifts, corporations profiting from increased immigrant detention, and the unique difficulties faced by the children of illegal immigrants, Marrero makes a convincing case that America’s success in the 21st century depends on abandoning political...

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Marrero, a reporter for the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión, traces the history of virulent anti-immigration rhetoric and p

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