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Ex Mex

A fascinating and revealing look at the United States' largest, most controversial group of immigrants, by Mexico's former foreign minister. In the wake of the massive, nationwide rally in support of immigrant rights in May 2006, which drew a record number of participants, one thing has become clear: in the United States today, no domestic issue sparks as much public debate or is as politicized as immigration, with the spotlight focused on Mexican immigrants above all others. InEx Mex, former Mexican foreign minister and well-known scholar Jorge G. Castañeda draws on his experience in both capacities to dispel some of the most widely held and mistaken ideas about the United States' largest immigrant population. Through Castañeda, we learn who the newest generation of immigrants from Mexico is, why they've chosen to live in the United States, where they work, and what they ultimately hope to achieve. Castañeda also offers an insider's account of the intricate and secret negotiations that took place between Mexico and the United States in 2001-2—contradicting some of the official versions published here—and the unilateral actions that were taken by his government to improve the conditions of Mexican migrants when talks between the two countries became stalemated. This timely and authoritative book will be required reading for the debates about immigration that will soon be part of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

TopicsMigrant farm workers
Illegal aliens
Racial identity
Race relations
Ethnic relations
American politics and government
American history
Mexican politics
Mexican history
World history