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Undocumented LivesErnments The fruits of their labor were needed in both places and yet neither country made them feel welcomeAna Rauel Minian explores this uniue chapter in the history of Mexican migration Undocumented Lives draws on private letters songs and oral testimony to recreate the experience of circular migration which reshaped communities in the United States and Mexico While migrants could earn for themselves and their families in the US they needed to return to Mexico to reconnect with their homes periodically Des. This is a very good incredibly informative book that helps put some perspective on migration from Mexico to the United States That said it is dense and sometimes dry so it took me time to get through and I know I'll want to come back to it later to read in depth Still if you know what you're getting into and don't mind such informative writing it's worth the read

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In the 1970s the Mexican government acted to alleviate rural unemployment by supporting the migration of able bodied men Millions crossed into the United States to find work that would help them survive as well as sustain their families in Mexico They took low level positions that few Americans wanted and sent money back to communities that depended on their support But as US authorities pursued aggressive anti immigrant measures migrants found themselves caught between the economic interests of competing gov. A remarkable work of research and scholarship Among the most stunning things to me was Minian’s argument that migration from Mexico in the 70s was a partial response to the crisis of stagflation In a sense her broader argument suggests that Mexican politicians envisioned migration to the US as a spatial fix for the crisis of surplus labor On the other hand as the US was dealing with its own crisis of surplus labor politicians inflamed racist and xenophobic ideas and practices as an alibi for their own neoliberal economic policies But across all of this the book is driven by remarkable source material—tons of oral histories and documents that convey the texture of the lives of migrants as full and complex people

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CHARACTERS Ú Undocumented Lives ì In the 1970s the Mexican government acted to alleviate rural unemployment by supporting the migration of able bodied men Millions crossed into the United States to find work that would help them survive as well as sustain their families in Mexico They took low level positions that few Americans wanted and sent moneyPite crossing the border many times they managed to belong to communities on both sides of it Ironically the US immigration crackdown of the mid 1980s disrupted these flows forcing many migrants to remain north of the border permanently for fear of not being able to return to work For them the United States became known as the jaula de oro the cage of gold Undocumented Lives tells the story of Mexicans who have been used and abused by the broader economic and political policies of Mexico and the United States. This book was really cleanly done and really interesting She looked at a defining period in US Mexico immigration history post Bracero 1960s 1980s from all of the facets in explaining shifts in Mexican policy US policy and by fundamentally focusing on the individual lives of migrants and the family they left behind