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Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States

Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration

by Lois Ann Lorentzen, Editor


According to the government, 11 million undocumented immigrants live in America.

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July 2014


Pages 1106
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/General

The most comprehensive collection of essays on undocumented immigration to date, covering issues not generally found anywhere else on the subject. Three fascinating volumes feature the latest research from the country's top immigration scholars.

In the United States, the crisis of undocumented immigrants draws strong opinions from both sides of the debate. For those who immigrate, concerns over safety, incorporation, and fair treatment arise upon arrival. For others, the perceived economic, political, and cultural impact of newcomers can feel threatening. In this informative three-volume set, top immigration scholars explain perspectives from every angle, examining facts and seeking solutions to counter the controversies often brought on by the current state of undocumented immigrant affairs.

Immigration expert and set editor Lois Lorentzen leads a stellar team of contributors, laying out history, theories, and legislation in the first book; human rights, sexuality, and health in the second; and economics, politics, and morality in the final volume. From family separation, to human trafficking, to notions of citizenship, this provocative study captures the human costs associated with this type of immigration in the United States, questions policies intended to protect the "American way of life," and offers strategies for easing tensions between immigrants and natural-born citizens in everyday life.


  • Discusses topics rarely covered, including sexual migration, religion, values, and mental health
  • Features essays across disciplines in the fields of psychology, law, politics, social work, public policy, history, education, and health
  • Includes tables, maps, photos, and a bibliography for each volume to provide visual interest and additional learning opportunities
  • Probes the latest controversies centered on recent immigration legislation in Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama
  • Familiarizes readers with history, theories, and legislation related to undocumented migration in the United States
Author Info

Lois Ann Lorentzen, PhD, is professor in the theology and religious studies department and codirector of the Center for Latino/a Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her published works include Etica Ambiental; Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar Inc.; and Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities. She received her doctorate in social ethics at the University of Southern California.

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