Illegal.people By David Bacon – Book Report/Review Example
Illegal People by David Bacon In the book Illegal People, Documentarian and photojournalist David Bacon gives details of an aspect of immigration hardly spoken of in the political context and reveals the several ways in which the human side of globalization uproots people in Asia and Latin America driving them to migrate. He designs and presents a sharp and well argued analysis exploring the causes for and effects of migration with regard to globalizing the economy based on the personal opinions of the migrants. Using an interwoven narrative of recent political history and ethnographic snapshots, the readers are introduced to fellows who have moved over long distances in search of labor.
In my opinion, the most important section of the book is where Bacon, through interviews plus on-the-spot reporting from American immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods impoverished communities abroad, shows how the trade and economic policy of the United States has created conditions, which displace communities and trigger migration rather than creating a favorable investment environment for the large corporations as intended. In his argument, he mentions the inter-relationship between immigration and trade policy stating that they form part of a single economic system and particularly presents NAFTA’s corporate tilt as a cause of migration and displacement from Mexico showing how criminalizing immigrant labor is of benefit to employers (Bacon 9).
I like the most the section, where Bacon cites main historical moments in the U.S immigration law, union politics, international trade policy and immigration labor movements exposing the structural forces affecting employees’ lives and his emphasis on the role of the enforcement U.S immigration policy in the creation of a wide space for contractors, the government and employers to criminalize and exploit employees (Bacon 13). In my opinion, Bacon’s effort to air out the shortcomings of the immigration policy will help the readers, the legislators and the state at large to change in thinking, legislate and debate about migration and immigration issues from a globalized human right perspective.
Bacon, David. Illegal People. 2008. Print.