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A Community of Equals

by Owen Fiss, Joel Rogers (Editor), Joshua Cohen (Editor), Micah Kleit (Editor), Joshua Cohen

Publisher: Beacon
Pages: 107
Paperback
ISBN: 9780807004371






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Overview of A Community of Equals

Edited by Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers for Boston Review

In the last fifty years, many barriers to entering this country-those based on race, language, and national origin-have been eliminated. But at the same time, new immigrants have been stripped of their rights by Congress and a public fearful of competing for jobs and public services.

In this timely book, Owen Fiss examines the paradox of such xenophobic treatment within a democracy committed to pluralism. He looks closely at what he calls the major social disability immigrants face-unequal access to employment, education, welfare, and medical care-and traces the legal acts and amendments that deny immigrants these rights-rights that are granted, he argues, by the Constitution.

Fiss challenges the courts to invoke the courage they once brought to landmark civil rights cases and apply it now to improve our treatment of immigrants. He argues that it is in the interest of all of us-citizens and citizens-to-be-to live up to the promises our Constitution provides. His essay is answered by lawyers, civil rights activists, and leading academics who lend forcefulness to his plea.

Synopsis of A Community of Equals

A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues-both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

author of Death and the Maiden - Ariel Dorfman

This book is essential reading as we continue our national debate on who is entitled to the abundance of America. "A crucial contribution to a debate about immigration and equality in our prosperous, paranoid times. The fundamental constitutional issues raised by this book should not be ignored and cannot be postponed.

About the Author, Owen Fiss

Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University. His most recent books are Liberalism Divided and The Irony of Free Speech.

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Editorials

Ariel Dorfman

This book is essential reading as we continue our national debate on who is entitled to the abundance of America. "A crucial contribution to a debate about immigration and equality in our prosperous, paranoid times. The fundamental constitutional issues raised by this book should not be ignored and cannot be postponed.
—author of Death and the Maiden

Frank Wu

Depending on your perspective, Owen Fiss has either terrific or terrible timing....In trying to distinguish between citizenship and race, Fiss has touched upon a tension that is likely to trouble the left in the future....[T]his is one issue that will not go away.
— The Progressive

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