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Wretched Refuse: A Manifesto for Immigration Ilan Stavans

Wretched Refuse: A Manifesto for Immigration

Ilan Stavans

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ISBN : 9781556527418
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176 pages
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As author Ilan Stavans states, immigration is always about the unexpected: it is in constant flux, unpredictable, and often not what it appears to be. In Wretched Refuse, his pro-immigration manifesto, Stavans takes on the American dream and itsMoreAs author Ilan Stavans states, immigration is always about the unexpected: it is in constant flux, unpredictable, and often not what it appears to be. In Wretched Refuse, his pro-immigration manifesto, Stavans takes on the American dream and its symbol, the Statue of Liberty. Engraved with the welcoming words of Emma Lazaruss sonnet, the statue makes promises that now outrage many Americans who demand a change to U.S. immigration policy. The words “Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore” express the founding principle of our country but are being redefined, qualified, and angrily dismissed.A personal meditation with universal repercussions, incorporating the voices of immigrants both past and present, Wretched Refuse is a unique argument for immigration from historical, political, current affairs, and cultural perspectives.