When immigrants to the United States need to learn English, receive health services, open a bank account or get a work certification, US state and local governments or non-profit organizations usually assist as part of the process of supporting immigrant integration and, ultimately, citizenship. But over the past two decades, Mexico, and other origin countries of migrants have been increasingly filling gaps in these activities through their consular representations, particularly focusing on populations with precarious legal status. Put in the larger context of diaspora policies, these practices -- focused on establishing closer ties between the origin country and the emigrant population and protecting their rights through the provision of social services -- are one of the clearest manifestations of the reconceptualization of the boundaries of citizenship and the rights and obligations that come with it.This book looks at citizenship and immigrant integration from the perspective of countries of origin: specifically the processes through which Mexico and other Latin American countries are establishing programs to give their emigrant populations better access to education, health, banking, labor rights, language acquisition and civic participation in the United States. While immigrant integration is often assumed as an issue that mainly concerns the population and institutions of the country of destination, these cases demonstrate the role that origin countries play in supporting migrants' access to opportunities to participate as members of the societies they are a part of, challenging the limits of citizenship and sovereignty, and offering examples of innovative practices in the protection of migrants' rights. As an area of migration governance that is rarely discussed, this book offers a critical evaluation of these programs and their impact on emigrants, particularly on those who are undocumented or have precarious legal status, and the collaborations between governments and civil society groups on which the programs are based.
Oxford University Press; April 2018
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- Title: From Here and There
- Author: Alexandra Délano Alonso
Imprint: Oxford University Press
In The Press
"This book brilliantly dismantles, and then carefully reconstructs, the idea of immigrant 'integration.' Examining diaspora policies of Latin American sending-states alongside activism of migrants in and out of the U.S., Délano Alonso complicates standard conceptualizations of integration's objects, agents, locations and directionality. This is a captivating account of transnational politics in action."-Linda Bosniak, author of The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership
"From Here and There is based on an impressive array of materials and tackles an original topic: the programs that the Mexican and other Latin American consulates have developed to support the integration of Mexican and other Latin American immigrants into the United States. It is key reading for scholars who specialize in immigration, citizenship, transnationalism, and the state, as it breaks new ground in theorizing and detailing the role of the state via diasporic citizens."-Susan Coutin, Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
"In this beautifully written, closely researched account, Délano Alonso demonstrates how sending state actors throughout Latin America influence and protect their nationals abroad, thereby taking on many of the functions once considered the responsibility of receiving states. Her book offers an insightful and nuanced account of how citizenship, social welfare, and sovereignty are redefined as a result and about who the new winners and losers are."-Peggy Levitt, author of Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display
About The Author
Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Her work is driven by a concern with the inequalities underlying the causes of migration, the structures that lead to the marginalization of undocumented migrants in the public sphere, and the limited protection of their rights, from a transnational perspective. Her book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 was the co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations.