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This land is our land : an immigrant's manifesto

by Mehta, Suketu,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 10 copies
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A 2019 NPR Staff Pick

"Written 'in sorrow and anger,' this is a brilliant and urgently necessary book, eloquently making the case against bigotry and for all of us migrants--what we are not, who we are, and why we deserve to be welcomed, not feared." --Salman Rushdie

A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land , the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and on years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. As he explains, the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, it is little surprise that borders have become so porous. But Mehta also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swaths of the world: When today's immigrants are asked, "Why are you here?" they can justly respond, "We are here because you were there." And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish. Impassioned, rigorous, and richly stocked with memorable stories and characters, This Land Is Our Land is a timely and necessary intervention, and a literary polemic of the highest order.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This heavily researched and passionately argued work deconstructs American misbeliefs about immigration. The U.S. is better not worse because of immigration, says Mehta, whose Maximum City (2004) was a Pulitzer finalist. Modern immigration's origins, correctly identified, are the earlier migrations of colonialist countries into sovereign nations and the forcible, often violent, removal of resources. Immigrants are only following their own wealth, necessary because its plundering often created destabilization. One of the world's poorest countries, Haiti, was made so by France's demand for payments of $40 billion in adjusted dollars merely to recognize the former colony's sovereignty. Haiti paid for more than one hundred years, from 1825 to 1947; reparations requests have been ignored. This is just one of the many real-world immigration stories, past and present, included here. The author identifies the real problem as the fear of immigration, stoked by false narratives, and he encourages America to embrace what immigrants have to offer. An immigrant himself, Mehta weights his personal, readable manifesto with history and data. The result is profoundly disturbing, convincing, clear-eyed, and hopeful.--Emily Dziuban Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-finalist Mehta (The Secret Life of Cities) displays his flair for evocative storytelling in this passionate argument for migration, mostly to Europe and the U.S. Migrants are coming for several reasons, he argues, war and climate change among them. But a large number "are here because you were there." The argument for immigration as reparations for colonization forms the spine of the book's first half; Mehta weaves the stories of migrants, including his own family, with research about the effects of colonization, past and present. In a series of short chapters, he argues that the mixing of cultures is a positive, and lays out and rebuts common arguments against migration, attempting to prove that migrants do not steal jobs and increase the crime rate. Mehta's vantage point shifts often: in his prose, "we" can mean "Americans, in the generic sense," "myself and my children and my uncles and cousins," migrants in general, or certain kinds of migrants (for example, college-educated highly skilled workers or refugees). While every scene is a joy to read, and Mehta's passion lights his prose throughout, this work will probably appeal most to those who already agree with its premise. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- Cultural assimilation.
Immigrants -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Refugees -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Western countries -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Western countries -- Ethnic relations.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description x, 306 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-289) and index.
ISBN 9780374276027
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