The Right To Stay Home

In my last post, I shared about a book I was looking forward to purchasing and reading through. The book is The Future Of Our Schools – Teacher Unions And Social Justice by Dr. Lois Weiner. I would note that I ordered this book last week and received it in the mail on Friday.

There is a second book that I have been wanting to read. That book is The Right To Stay Home – How US Policy Drives Mexican right to stay homeMigration by David Bacon. I have wanted to read it because immigration and immigration reform is a major issue in the United States that must addressed and dealt with. There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the States. They are often made the scapegoat for many of America’s ills. They are accused of everything from taking American’s jobs to taking advantage of and draining our social services and tax dollars.

In The Right To Stay Home, David Bacon, noted journalist, photographer, and union activist, addresses immigration, especially from Mexico, and writes that United States’ foreign policy and our free-trade agreements with Mexico are largely responsible for the impoverishment and migration of many Mexicans to the United States.

This overview of the book is found on the inside of the book’s dust jacket:

“People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.

In The Right to Stay Home, journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the ‘right to stay home.’ 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.”

I am very concerned about the men, women, and families who have been displaced from their homes in Mexico and other Central American nations because of the economic policies of the United States and free trade agreements we have entered into with our Central American neighbors.

I believe The Right To Stay Home will make me more knowledgeable of US economic and trade policies and their role in and impact on Mexican immigration to the United States for work and the improvement of their lives. But I do now want to just be more knowledgeable of these matters, I want to be better equipped to serve as a voice and advocate for the rights and welfare of these undocumented working men and women.


See my post, Immigration Reform: Facts Vs. Myths.

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