Labor And Legality, By Ruth Gomberg-Munoz

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Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz’s ethnography Labor and Legality uses a mixture of narrative, interviews, and observation to educate the reader about the lives of undocumented workers in the United States. Gomberg-Muñoz focuses specifically on a group in Chicago called the Lions and describes how this small group has managed to create their own culture made up of language, social structure, kinship, gender roles, and authority. Often the Lions have to navigate between three different cultures: the one they were raised in, in Léon; the American culture; and the one they created as undocumented workers. The Lions are from Léon, Guanajuato, Mexico so Spanish is their first language. Many pick up English as their second language, especially if they plan to …show more content…
Even then, it was only taught to explain how Texas and other states became United States territory. As a History minor, it is a little embarrassing that I know so little about Mexico or other Central and South American countries. It is also embarrassing that I knew nothing about labor migration in the United States. Chapter Two was all new information for me, never having learned about the actions of the American government that led to our current issue with illegal immigration. The more I read, the more I became frustrated with each act that was passed further limiting immigration. It does not make sense to continue tightening the passage of goods and people from a country we so heavily rely on economically, especially when many people only wish to come to the United States for a short time and then return home. By further blocking off the border between the United States and Mexico, our country is essentially trapping undocumented workers in the United States with no way to get home. Their presence only fuels the arguments of anti-immigrant supporters, leaving those who wish to go home in a helpless

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