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Ruth Milkman – Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat

Ruth Milkman (Faculty) published a book titled Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat (Wiley, 2020)

In this book, Ruth Milkman demonstrates that immigration is not the cause of economic precarity and growing inequality, as former President Trump and other promoters of the immigrant threat narrative claim. Rather, the influx of low-wage immigrants since the 1970s was a consequence of concerted employer efforts to weaken labor unions, along with neoliberal policies fostering outsourcing, deregulation, and skyrocketing inequality.

These dynamics have remained largely invisible to the public. The justifiable anger of U.S.-born workers whose jobs have been eliminated or degraded has been tragically misdirected, with even some liberal voices recently advocating immigration restriction. This provocative book argues that progressives should instead challenge right-wing populism, redirecting workers’ anger toward employers and political elites, demanding upgraded jobs for foreign-born and U.S.-born workers alike, along with public policies to reduce inequality.

Source: https://gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Sociology/News-(1)/Detail?id=59107