This presentation will examine histories of Latin American immigration, migration, and deportation in the United States. It locates the structural and institutional roots of today’s Mexican and Central American migration to the United States in a number of historical global processes. Thus, Chomsky explains how the cross-border movement of people emerged in the context of late twentieth century globalization as well as through a much longer global history of colonialism, displacement and removal of Indigenous peoples in both North and South America. The role of social, economic and political forces driving these processes, such as nation-state building, economic development, and labor struggles, will be addressed.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy (SAHAP), Global Studies, History, Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication (MLLI), and Political Science