Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Book: Dying to Live

City Lights has announced the release of Dying to Live A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid by Joseph Nevins, with photographs by Mizue Aizeki, a compelling account of U.S. immigration and border enforcement told through the journey of one man who perished in California's Imperial Valley while trying to reunite with his wife and child in Los Angeles

Joseph Nevins and Mizue Aizeki spent several years working on the book, researching and documenting life in southern California, the U.S-Mexico borderlands, and central Mexico. Aizeki is a documentary photographer and activist on issues of workers rights and immigrant detention and deportation. Nevins is an associate professor of geography at Vassar College, and the author of A Not-so-distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor, and Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the "Illegal Alien" and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.


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Of course there is no mention of the culpability of the Mexican government in what amounts to the human rights crisis. That it fails to promote the welfare of its citizens is nothing short of an international scandal, one that most Latin Americans are too ashamed o to admit exists. It's always easier to put the blame on the U.S. than to admit the culpability of the migrating homeland governments. This document is willfully and shamefully negligent in what it should be doing, putting pressure on Latin American governments to care for their own citizens.

Posted by: Horace | May 29, 2008 8:31:37 PM

Hugo Chavez once said that Mexico is a imperial pup,
and he is shamed of being Latin-American so he setup
new rule to take care his own citizens. He kicked out
Western oil company like ExxonMobile and BP out of his
country so that he controlled his own gas price. Thanks
to Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan pay the world lowest price of gas. BAck to the topic anyway...What is the purpose of the book? Blame at the US for the failed internal policy of the Mexican gov't. Blame US gov't of why Mexicans are leaving their country. Blame US gov't for middle class poverty in Mexico.

Posted by: jay mckim | Jun 20, 2008 9:47:18 AM

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