Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston

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In Conflicting Commitments, Shannon Gleeson goes beyond the debate over federal immigration policy to examine the complicated terrain of immigrant worker rights. Federal law requires that basic labor standards apply to all workers, yet this principle clashes with increasingly restrictive immigration laws and creates a confusing bureaucratic terrain for local policymakers and labor advocates. Gleeson examines this issue in two of the largest immigrant gateways in the country: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.

Conflicting Commitments reveals two cities with very different approaches to addressing the exploitation of immigrant workers―both involving the strategic coordination of a range of bureaucratic brokers, but in strikingly different ways. Drawing on the real life accounts of ordinary workers, federal, state, and local government officials, community organizers, and consular staff, Gleeson argues that local political contexts matter for protecting undocumented workers in particular. Providing a rich description of the bureaucratic minefields of labor law, and the explosive politics of immigrant rights, Gleeson shows how the lessons learned from San Jose and Houston can inform models for upholding labor and human rights in the United States.

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Shannon Gleeson is Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

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"This book provides a detailed analysis of the practical dimensions of workers' labor rights in San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas. . . . Gleeson . . . offers proposals for 'making rights real' for undocumented workers and creating procedures for enforceable claims. As the study shows, the task is administratively complex and politically problematic. Summing Up: Recommended."―Choice (May 2013)



"Conflicting Commitments is a clearly written, insightful book that makes a convincing case for the importance of understanding local context in the enjoyment of rights. Shannon Gleeson works in the tradition of sociolegal studies, and this book is grounded in empirical investigation and focused on law as it is actually experienced by people."―Doris Marie Provine, Arizona State University, author of Unequal Under Law: Race and the War on Drugs



"Conflicting Commitments provides a fascinating comparative analysis of the political processes through which undocumented immigrant workers access their legal rights under labor and employment law in Houston and San Jose, two major U.S. immigrant gateway cities. Shannon Gleeson's approach is careful and nuanced, and the comparative methodology produces rich analytic dividends. The city-level focus is particularly timely, given the current political impasse on immigration reform at the national level and the proliferation of state and local government initiatives in this area."―Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; Academic Director of CUNY’s Murphy Labor Institute; and author of L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement



"Gleeson captivates her readers with an in-depth, intricate, and diligent ethnographic approach to the question of labor rights enforcement for undocumented immigrants in the United States . . . She reaffirms the hands-on approach to investigating the discrepancy between rights in theory and rights in practice by being present at official meetings, being a scrupulous reader of county council minutes, and partaking in workers' rights rallies, asembleas, and charlas organized by civil society actors . . . Gleeson advances an important argument in explaining the divergent policies, practices, and outcomes of migrant rights enforcement in San Jose and Houston."―Agnieszka Kubal, University of Oxford,American Journal of Sociology(November 2013)

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