Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Those Damned Immigrants

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Those Damned Immigrants

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by Edibcrto Román

2013. 197 pp. ISBN: 978-0814776575. 535.00. NYU Press, New York, N.Y., (212) 998-2575www.Liyuprcss.org.

verything points to an America that is more racially and ethnically tolerant. fWe've elected the first African-American president and immigration reform is more popular than ever. Looks good, right? Looks can be deceiving. In Those Damned Immigrants we see a grim picture painted of an America that's anyining but "postracial." As author Fdiberto Román points out, a few weeks idler the election of President Obama, José Oswaldo Sucuzhanay a 31 -year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, was attacked by a group of white men as he walked with his brother. Screaming anti-Latino epithets at him, the men beat Sucuzhanay into a coma, He died live days later. Roman's point is that this case is far from isolated. Hispanics have been attacked in this way for generations without much outrage expressed Ivy die jpmation and those who hold public office,

hi poor economic times, the hatred and attacks increase as all Hispanics are viewed as illegal and undocumented interlopers, stealing jobs, increasing criminal activity' and destroying American values and culture. This myth about Hispanics persists even though this ethnic group has become a bigger and bigger share ot the American population.

As part of the "Citizenship ana Migration in the Americas" series, Those Damned Immigrants presents a compelling argument supporting immigration reform through the use of government statistics, economic data, historical records, and social science research, But Román goes beyond this and devotes an entire chapter to his own reform proposal with five main components consisting of a guest worker program with provisions for workers' rights and for federal aid to states, passage of DREAM Act legislation, a set of dear and stringent requirements by which an undocumented immigrant can initiate a process toward citizensfiip, a plan to authorize the granting of lawful permanent resident status to immigrants who nave received a master's or PhD degree from an American university' in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields, and a reform plan to streamline skilled worker risa programs in order to promote the best and the brightest to study in needed fields. …

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