To Sin Against Hope: Life and Politics on the Borderland

To Sin Against Hope: Life and Politics on the Borderland

by Alfredo Gutierrez


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Alfredo Gutierrez's father, a US citizen, was deported to Mexico from his Arizona hometown—the mining town where Alfredo grew up. This occurred during a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria stoked by the Great Depression, but as Gutierrez makes clear, in a book that is both a personal chronicle and a thought-provoking history, the war on Mexican immigrants has rarely abated. Barack Obama now presides over an immigration policy every inch the equal of Herbert Hoover's in its harshness.

His family experiences inspired Gutierrez to pursue the life of a Chicano activist. Kicked out of Arizona State University after leading a takeover of the president's office, he later became the majority leader of the Arizona State Senate. Later still, he was a successful political consultant. He remains an activist, and in this engrossing memoir and essay, he dissects the racism that has deformed a century of border policy—leading to a record number of deportations during the Obama presidency—and he analyzes the timidity of today's immigrant advocacy organizations. To Sin Against Hope brings to light the problems that have prevented the US from honoring the contributions and aspirations of its immigrants. It is a call to remember history and act for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781680872
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alfredo Gutierrez helped found the national Chicano student organization MEChA. He was elected to the state senate at the age of twenty-five and served as both majority and minority leader. After losing his bid for governor of Arizona in 2002, he began hosting a popular radio show and is also Editor of

Table of Contents

1 To Sin Against: Hope 1

2 Return from Exile 12

3 War and Chicanos 42

4 The Chicano Movement 66

5 Chicano Movement Ends, Immigration Surges Once More 96

6 Torture at the Border and Immigration Reform 135

7 Proposition 187 and its Consequences 159

8 An Immigration Policy without Moral Consideration 183

Notes 227

Acknowledgements 239

Index 241

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