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I came to audible to learn more about immigration issues and law for my own benefit, and to provide some background information before my internship. The author is very clearly making the case for no borders, which is interesting. The performance is pretty terrible and absolutely sleep-inducing. She speaks in a slow, whispering monotone. I zoned out through large portions without ever realizing.
Chomsky’s analysis of America’s racialized history of immigration is first rate. With new immigration legislation result legislation in 1965 came the notion of humans being “ illegal” based on their place of birth. All of this preserved the country’s system of cheap labor — a system that continues to buttress many American industries. Stricter enforcement practices, and an ever-militarized border, has only ever led toward an increase Mexican immigrants. They recognized the cost of leaving and abandoned migratory practices, opting instead to remain in the US.
I enjoyed the way Chomsky interwove the stories of those most impacted by the creation of “illegality.” It is clear what is at stake and it is inexcusable to turn ourselves away from the injustice. Immigration policies are not and have never been reflections of a natural order.