Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland: Reshaping Communities, Redrawing Boundaries
This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This volume sought to encourage the reshaping of communities and the redrawing of boundaries as we rethink the study of the Americas. Moving beyond nation-state constructs—those containers of citizenship and fixed borders—it offers new meanings of place and belonging. Tracking the contributions of farmworkers in Idaho, Nebraska, North Carolina, Iowa, and elsewhere, the case studies presented here examine the enormous obstacles and often violent conditions Latin American farmworkers endure in their work experiences in the United States. It also draws attention to the reprehensible notion of “deportability” that continues to instill fear in the hearts of those who live in the shadows. It argues that it is not “foreigners” and people of color who are depressing wages and costing jobs but corporate decision makers themselves who exploit the laboring classes in their zeal to maximize profits.
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