One way to understand a social phenomenon is to interrogate the forces
that come to bear on that phenomenon. Couched against the exigencies of
immigration policy, Shannon Gleeson's book Conflicting Commitments:
The Politics of Enforcing Immigration Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston
attempts to call out the forces that bear on geographic disparities in
access to legal recourse for the undocumented immigrant worker. To this
end, Gleeson, through case study, examines the localized implementation
of immigrant rights enforcement between two cities with notable undocumented
immigrant populations: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.
Gleeson's overarching account of the recourse disparities between the
two cities may be understood in terms of the varying degrees to which cultural
and institutional entities assimilate under localized conditions. She
charts these assimilationist dynamics mainly by examining the mandates of
federal enforcement agencies, industrial relations entities, civil society advocacy
groups, and national consulates.
Review of Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigration Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston, by Shannon Gleeson,
Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol16/iss1/4