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With lengthy anecdotes and limited analysis, journalist Rivera attempts to change the negative misconceptions about Hispanic migrants in this exploration of illegal immigration in the US today. Often reading like a rebuttal to the pundits and politicians he's come to blows with throughout his storied career-Lou Dobbs, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Michelle Malkin and others-Rivera's counterarguments frequently come in the form of Latino success stories such as Eddie Olmos and Cheech Marin (with whom, as he never misses an opportunity to mention, Rivera maintains close, personal relationships). More worthy sections deftly refute claims that illegal immigrants have hurt the economy, using strident statistical evidence and cagey reasoning. Rivera's wide net can lead to rambling; the immigration stance of Cesar Chavez and race relations in Miami are notable digressions. His most poignant (and fresh) argument comes in his closing statement, that the burgeoning Latino voting bloc, alienated by conservative immigration vitriol, could very well be the undoing of the GOP in 2008. Astute observations such as this save what could ultimately been written off as another Al Capone's Vault.
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Books, Nonfiction, Politics, Immigration, Hispanic, Geraldo Rivera

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ISBN-10:  0451224140 (hbk.)
ISBN-13:  9780451224149 (hbk.)
Author:  Geraldo Rivera
Genre:  Non-fiction
Publisher:  Celebra Trade
Date Published:  February 26, 2008
Format:  Hardcover
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review by . March 30, 2009
I was given Geraldo Rivera's book, His Panic, as a gift. I have to admit when I picked up the book I expected to find a screed filled with hyperbole and rancorous comments about people who are concerned about the immigration issue. Instead I found a well thought out, passionate but not overly emotional argument about why Hispanic immigration is good for America not bad. It is an outstanding treatment of the issue.     Geraldo's main point in this book is that Hispanic immigration …
review by . November 30, 2008
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As the 2008 presidential election draws near what to do about illegal immigration has become one of the hottest issues on the campaign trail.  Conservative talk show hosts all over America have been fueling much of the hysteria surrounding this issue and as a result reasonable solutions to the problem appear to be more elusive than ever.  Earlier this year Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera released "His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S".  Being of Puerto …
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