Global Rights, Local Wrongs, and Legal Fixes: An International Human Rights Critique of Immigration and Welfare 'Reform'

69 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2015

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

The United States enjoys a lofty reputation worldwide as the land of opportunity and dreams, the welcoming home to all who want to be free, the brave new world that embraces huddled masses and offers them limitless possibilities to find freedom, liberty, and happiness. In marked juxtaposition to this welcomeness narrative is the counter-narrative of historic exclusion evidenced by the harsh description of these "huddled masses, yearning to breathe free" as "wretched refuse." Indeed, to describe some immigrants as "wretched refuse" manifests that Lady Liberty's welcome is, at best, highly selective and, at worst, patently discriminatory. The irony, of course, lies in the basic truth of both narratives - anecdotes imbued with tension throughout.

Keywords: discriminatory, juxtaposition, possibilities, introduction, description, welcomeness, opportunity, featureless, throughout, narratives

Suggested Citation

Hernández-Truyol, Berta Esperanza and Johns, Kimberly, Global Rights, Local Wrongs, and Legal Fixes: An International Human Rights Critique of Immigration and Welfare 'Reform' (1998). Southern California Law Review, Vol. 71, p. 547, 1997-1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2670090

Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

Kimberly Johns

Independent

No Address Available

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