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Immigration Matters


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Ruth Milkman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Deepak Bhargava is Distinguished Lecturer in Urban Studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and was previously president of the Center for Community Change.

Penny Lewis is an associate professor of labor studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.


Praise for Immigration Matters:
"Lucid and well-organized. . . . Each essay is packed with useful information and based on decades of experience. Progressive lawmakers and immigration activists will find this to be a valuable resource."
-Publishers Weekly

"For too long, politicians have stoked nativism and weaponized our immigration system to divide people. Democrats and progressives shouldn't be afraid to put forward a bold, forward-thinking vision for immigration that is rooted in common sense and compassion, instead of cruelty. Immigration Matters helps illuminate that vision and provides a path forward for achieving it."
-Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

"Immigration Matters draws together the leading voices on immigration and immigrant rights to offer a cogent pathway to fix a tragically broken immigration system. The book offers great hope to those seeking to move beyond the ugliness of the current nativist moment and restore the honorable legacy of the United States as a just and fair nation of immigrants."
-Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

"The pandemic helped us see many things we must never forget, such as the essential role of immigrants in every aspect of American life. Now that we see, we must act to ensure a future that is fully inclusive of immigrants. This wonderful book tells us how."
-Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations

"Donald Trump took a hammer to the U.S. immigration system, and in doing so exposed its inhumane and racist scaffolding. The Biden-Harris administration has an unprecedented opportunity to transform the system into one that reflects the best of American values. These thoughtful essays point them-and us-in the right direction."
-Lorella Praeli, vice president, Community Change

"The future of the labor movement-and the country-depends significantly on immigrants and immigration. This crucial collection points the way to a convergence of social movements to achieve lasting power for working people."
-Mary Kay Henry, president, Service Employees International Union

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