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No One Is Illegal by Justin Akers Chacón
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In no way was this book a bad book. The authors have a progressive bias; Davis and Chacon used to book to argue, as the title suggests, that no one is illegal. The book was also used to argue for a borderless nation: capitalism needs and wants borders whereas the working class doesn't and suffers because of it. The authors also demonstrate how immigration and the rapid militarization of the border isn't just a Republican issue. Both Democrats and Republicans militarized the border fully aware of the cost of human lives. The authors also drew parallels between the treatment of Mexican immigrants to the treatment of other racial and ethnic minorities within America. Even though the book was a good read, I ultimately gave it only three stars because it didn't give every matter equal attention. Some chapters were too short and others were too long. The first fifth of the book could have been significantly cut down as it was the bulk of the book's fluff. Some chapters had an excessive amount of fluff and I questioned how necessary certain details were to the book's argument. Whether or not you agree with the ultimate argument of the book, there is much to learn from it.
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June 20, 2018 – Started Reading
June 21, 2018 – Shelved
June 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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