New Book: Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate

Short, non-fiction essays on Latina/o immigration in the U.S., including key policies and programs

By Dr. Alvaro Huerta, contributing writer
Published on LatinoLA: August 15, 2013

New Book: Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate

I am happy to announce the publication of my first book, "Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm," by San Diego State University Press. Foreword by Dr. Juan G??mez-Qui??ones, UCLA Professor of History, and photos by Antonio Turok, acclaimed photographer. Book consists of short, non-fiction essays on Latina/o immigration in the U.S., including key policies and programs, such as "Operation Wetback," the Bracero Program (where my late father served), Arizona's inhumane laws and draconian, Congressional immigration bills.

Available for $15.95 from Amazon

Publisher's Description:
Brash, intelligent, and possessed of a searing rhetorical passion, Alvaro Huerta's Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate asks readers to reassess critical political and cultural issues unfolding along the U.S./Mexico border. Paired in this volume with the striking photography of Antonio Turok, Huerta's words move readers "towards a humanistic paradigm" in a work that emerges as must-reading for students, scholars, and policy-makers alike.

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Message for Professors:
Appropriate for the following college / university classes & beyond--
Urban Studies, Chicana/o--Latina/o Studies, Immigration, Political Science, U.S.-Mexico History, Writing Composition, Communications / Journalism & Photography

[b]Note for Teachers:]/b]
In the tradition of the late historian, Howard Zinn, also appropriate for junior high and high school students.

Endorsements (selected):
"A passionate and insightful account of that complex condition we refer to as immigration. Huerta brings to the fore the deeper meanings of us all, people on the move."
--Saskia Sassen, Ph.D., Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

"Huerta's perceptive prose and Turok's evocative photographs make this a book to remember and treasure."
--Michael Dear, Ph.D., Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," cries the Statue of Liberty with silent lips. Alvaro Huerta's compassionate essays complete her sentence. The message is loud and clear: the wretched have a place in America, for it is they who make it worth."
--Ilan Stavans, Ph.D., Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College

"Blending searing social critique of xenophobic pundits, unjust laws and mendacious politicians with creative, heartfelt personal essays about family and love, Alvaro Huerta weaves a tapestry for immigrant rights in the early twenty first century. The personal is political, and this collection of short essays interspersed with memorable photographs by Antonio Turok fights the good fight."
--Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

"Brick-word by brick-word, Alvaro's essays construct the paradigm that makes evident that Latinos are foremost simply part of the human race and integral to the history, struggles, and fabric of the United States. As such, his advocacy essays affirm time and again that Latinos deserve the same humanistic respect and dignified respect that all hard-working and family embracing inhabitants of this land should receive."
--Federico Subervi, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism & Mass Communication, Kent State University

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About Dr. Alvaro Huerta, contributing writer:
Dr. Huerta is an urban planning scholar. He resides in California with his wife, Antonia Montes. Antonia was instrumental in the publication of his first book.
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