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The Right to Stay Home : How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
The story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities to the poverty that forces people to migrate to the United States
This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders. While 11 percent of the population of Mexico lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce wealth disparity make it impossible for people to live in their homelands. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation. David Bacon shows how immigrant communities are resisting and envisions a world in which migration isn't forced by poverty or environmental destruction-instead, people are guaranteed the "right to stay home."
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September 10, 2013
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