SOCIAL SCIENCES

Humanizing Immigration: How To Transform Our Racist and Unjust System

Beacon Oct. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780807008027. $27.95. POL SCI
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Hing (immigration law, policy, and migration studies, Univ. of San Francisco; American Presidents, Deportation, and Human Rights Violations: From Carter to Trump) directs San Francisco’s Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic. His latest book is a groundbreaking title about the intersectionality between racial justice and immigrant rights in the United States. He closely examines the historical treatment of many undocumented people originally from Africa and Central America, and he utilizes his extensive knowledge to describe the legal problems they face as they get caught up in underfunded immigration courts, appeals offices, and detention centers. He documents the heart-wrenching firsthand accounts of many individuals and families of undocumented immigrants who have been working and contributing to the nation (whether via taxes or labor) but have fallen under the watchful eye of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With the volatile political crises raging around the world and a looming climate catastrophe, many more individuals and families are currently or soon will be seeking political asylum in the U.S.
VERDICT A timely title that humanizes immigration and offers readers a deep understanding of the processes involved in seeking asylum and fighting deportation. It also clearly and expertly shows how specific enforced laws contribute to institutional racism.
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