The Economic, Social, and Emotional Toll of Removing Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants

The Trump administration continues to take steps to remove protections from certain immigrants groups. Today, it announced that it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain nationals of El Salvador, affecting ~200,000 immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than 15 years. They will be returning to a country that has one of the highest murder rates in the world as well as a rampant gang problem. Many of the immigrants facing deportation have U.S. born children who now face the possibility of seeing their families torn apart.

Many of these same immigrants play a huge role in farm labor. Farmers are concerned how this, and the loss of other immigration protections, will negatively affect their ability to find laborers to work their crops.

Looking at your own neighborhood and university, which of your neighbors, students, colleagues, friends, and communities are affected by these removal of protections?

Below are books that relate to how immigrants have affected their communities, how immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy, and how immigration and deportation affect children and their families. And consider using the #ImmigrationSyllabus: UC Press Edition to prepare lecture discussions for your courses discussing immigration, labor and work, race relations, families, politics, and much more.

Immigration and Deportation
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Weekend Armchair: UC Press Staff’s Recommended Labor Day Reading

Happy Labor Day! In celebration and solidarity of the strides made for worker’s rights, and of the struggles that laborers continue to face today, we’ve prepared a list of suggested UC Press titles. For this recommended reading list, we polled a selection of Bay Area book aficionados—UC Press staff, that is!—on their most recommended titles on labor and the labor movement.

Read on, and please enjoy this long-awaited edition of “Weekend Armchair”!

On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South by Vanesa Ribas

I first read On the Line in pre-release galley form on a plane en route to the American Sociological Association’s 2015 meeting; subsequently, I spent the whole conference (and many months after) ruminating over it, especially Ribas’ observations on ‘prismatic engagement’ and the averse effects of racial triangulation. Now more than ever, we need to listen to the voices of immigrant workers and working class people of color, and Ribas’ ethnography brings them—and their relationships to each other—into the forefront.

—Danielle Rivera, PR and Marketing Assistant


In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte by David Bacon

Never have I thought about how the food at my table got there until seeing David Bacon’s photos. It was the first time that I really saw the farmworkers who feed us—tired eyes, calloused hands, and the small living quarters that they’ve made home. Despite the backbreaking work and the miles between them and their families, they’ve created a community that helps other communities flourish. It’s heart-wrenching, hopeful, and eye-opening.

—Chris Sosa Loomis, Senior Marketing Manager


America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century by Gabriel Thompson

I’d not previously heard of Fred Ross or known of his trailblazing work as an activist, and was initially drawn to this fascinating book by its title, as I too aspire to be a “social arsonist”—an appealingly incendiary alternative to today’s prim and proper “change agent.” Reading through Gabriel Thompson’s superb biography and social history, I learned that the renegade Ross truly walked it like he talked it, managing the labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck’s depiction of the hardscrabble settlement in The Grapes of Wrath, and later crossing paths with a young Cesar Chavez. Antifa protesters would do well to read up on Ross and adopt his effective organizing tactics.

—Steven Jenkins, Development Director


The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling by Arlie Russell Hochschild

This book is high on my list of next-to-read UC Press books. As the desk and exam copy liaison, I see a lot of requests for this title for university courses and have always been intrigued by the concept of human emotion as emotional labor and how that is manipulated in the work force.

—Pauline Kuykendall, Coursebook Outreach


Nightshift NYC by Russell Leigh Sharman and Cheryl Harris Sharman, photography by Corey Hayes

Nightshift NYC was the first UC Press book I read after starting working at the Press. The book is an exploration of the lives of people who work all night long in New York City. You can’t have a city that doesn’t sleep without people who stay up all night to keep the lights on, transportation moving, and the stores, diners, and watering holes open. For those of us who work a 9am to 5pm job and sleep at night, it is a fascinating and well written look into the lives of people whose work is mostly invisible to us.

—Deb Nasitka, Systems Development Manager


Sal Si Puedes (Escape if You Can) by Peter Matthiessen

This has been on my to-read list for a while, but I still haven’t gotten to it. Maybe this is the weekend! It’s the legendary Peter Matthiessen writing about the great labor movement leader, Cesar Chavez, and it’s a classic of the history of the labor movement in the United States. Well worth spending some time with.

—Erich van Rijn, Interim Director



The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream by Steve Viscelli

Before reading The Big Rig, I’d never really considered the working life of a long haul trucker. Somehow I associated the profession with freedom and flexibility. On the contrary. Steve Viscelli reveals how poorly paid and demanding the work is, how exploited truckers are, and how few options drivers have to improve their working conditions or pay. His book draws on many hours of interviews and observations, but his first-hard accounts are particularly compelling: “I had spent 16 hours driving through traffic, delivering and picking up freight, and waiting, but I would only be paid for the 215 miles I drove. At 26 cents per mile, I had earned a grand total of $56, or $3.50 per hour.”

—Kate Warne, Managing Editor

Day Without Immigrants

Today, immigrants across the country have decided to miss work, skip school, and not shop as part of the “Day without Immigrants” protest. The protest aims to demonstrate the true nature of the economic impact of immigrants in the workforce and in our everyday lives.

Below are some additional titles that share the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy.

And learn more about how to integrate immigration topics into lecture discussion by using an Immigration Syllabus to foster a broader understanding of immigrants’ impact on U.S. society.

Share using #DayWithoutImmigrants.

Award Winning UC Press Authors at the American Sociological Association

As the 2016 American Sociological Association meeting approaches, we’re pleased to congratulate four of our authors for the following illustrious award wins! These will be given in person at the annual ASA conference in August.

Joel Best, author of many UC Press titles (including Damned Lies and Statistics and The Student Loan Mess) is the recipient of the Public Understanding of Sociology Award, “given annually to a person or persons who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public”.

Sanyu A. Mojola, author of Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS, is the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the ASA.

Kimberly Kay Hoang, the author of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, has won awards in the follow categories:

  • 2016 Global & Transnational Sociology Best Scholarly Book Award
  • 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Sexualities Section
  • 2016 Race, Class & Gender Distinguished Book Award (Co-Winner)
  • 2016 Sex & Gender Section Distinguished Book Award (Co-Winner)

On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South by Vanesa Ribas is the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the Labor and Labor Movements section of the ASA, “presented annually for the ASA member’s best single book published in the two calendar years preceding the award year.”

Many congratulations, once again, to our authors: we’re proud to have published with them!

Women Authors and Their Pledge for Parity

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we share just a small sample of our women authors’ work and how they have helped to make our world a better place through their scholarship.

Tessa G. Diphoorn, author of Twilight Policing: Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africaspeaks of her experience as a female researcher and how gender overall plays a role in the private security industry in Africa.

Diphoorn.TwilightPolicingIn the course of my research, the two aspects of my identity that appeared most prominent were race and gender. I was repeatedly reminded that I was a wit stekkie–slang for white woman–which was further affirm
ed by the ascribed nickname, “Sierra Foxtrot Golf” (Special Female Guest). Although gender plays a role in any ethnographic fieldwork, it weights heavier for a female studying police institutions because of the inherent masculinity of such an environment. My gender not only clearly shaped my role as a researcher but also highlighted how I differed from my informants and how race and gender play a crucial role in this industry. …  During my research, I did not encounter a single female armed reaction officer. Managers repeatedly stated that they have a strict policy of not employing women for such positions. … When I asked my informants about female armed reaction officers, they laughed and joked about the prospect of women doing their line of work.

Vanesa Ribas, author of On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South shares stories of Latina migrants escaping sexual exploitation as they simply try to find work.

RibasOnTheLineSome women had wished to continue their education in Honduras, but, unable to afford it, had moved into the labor force. Under other conditions, they might have remained part of Honduras’s white-collar working class.  While they were usually able to find work, their pay was meager and some women refused to submit to the sexual exploitation that they said was expected of them. Such was the case for Reina…

” I’m from the coast of Colón, Honduras. I had been studying to be a secretary, and wanted to go to university but didn’t have money to keep studying. I found work but it paid very little. That’s why I had to come here. You can find work there but sometimes only through political connections. And sometimes the politicians offer you a job but they want you to give what you shouldn’t have to in order to get the job [sexual favors]. That’s why sometimes you decide it’s better to come here. There’s a lot of corruption, and they want to take advantage of young people in return for a job, which is why many young people prefer to come here. So I worked briefly, but it didn’t pay well. And they were going to get me a government job, but, like I said, they want you to pay them with something else, to sleep with them. I’m not used to that. I preferred to come here, and not pay them with what they want.”

Caroline E. Schuster, author of Social Collateral: Women and Microfinance in Paraguay’s Smuggling Economy discusses how women’s work is still invisible.

Shuster..SocialCollateral[The] explanation and justification for women’s disadvantaged share of wage labor protections is part of a much bigger story about flexibility and self-employment in management theories and policies drawing on neoclassical microeconomics. This line of analysis is one of the primary justifications for microfinance and its focus on women’s social collateral. Women, Paraguayan labor economists conclude, work predominantly in these low-paying positions in small and microenterprises because of their “flexibility” (flexibilidad), a term they used to gloss both flexible entry and exit from the market and flexible hours. According to this line of reasoning, flexibility allows women to fulfill family obligations as well as work for income but also means that they must settle for jobs with a high degree of precariousness and limited social security and pension access. But the recourse to “flexibility” in labor theories, as feminist economists like Drucilla Barker have pointedly argued, is bundled up with a broader value judgment about women’s work, and its invisibility.

Follow today’s global celebration of International Women’s Day through Twitter hashtag #IWD2016 #PledgeForParity