1st Edition

Immigration, Policy and the People of Latin America Seven Sending Nations

By Bryce W. Ashby, Michael J. LaRosa Copyright 2025
    164 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Taking on historical events in Latin America as its starting point, this book examines the migration of its inhabitants to the U.S. with case studies from seven nations: Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela.

    Combining the disciplines of history and law, the authors explore the economic and historical challenges present in each nation that force "out" migration, including corruption, historical exploitation, racism, unequal/unfair trade arrangements and the oftentimes unilateral, exploitative operations of multi-national corporations. Readers will learn about the contemporary socio/political and economic realities of the seven sending nations and understand the complexity of immigration laws (as passed by the Congress), Executive Actions taken by individual Presidents in the USA, and some state initiatives. They will hear the voices of immigrants themselves, as well as those who have stayed behind or been deported from the U.S., back to their home nations.

    This book will be of interest to students of Latin American history, as well as U.S. history and politics.


    1. Colombia

    2. Cuba

    3. Guatemala

    4. Haiti

    5. Honduras

    6. Mexico

    7. Venezuela

    Conclusion: One Hundred Years Since Reed-Johnson


    Bryce W. Ashby is an attorney with Donati Law, PLLC where he represents workers in their employment law claims. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Rhodes College and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from 2000 to 2002. 

    Michael J. LaRosa is an associate professor of history at Rhodes College.  He focuses on contemporary Colombian history and has published work in collaboration with Germán R. Mejía, Frank O. Mora and others.

    "Immigration, Policy and the People of Latin America: Seven Sending Nations" is a testament to Bryce W. Ashby and Michael J. LaRosa's unwavering dedication to scholarship and advocacy. With heartfelt insights and meticulous research, they illuminate the complexities of immigration from Latin America to the United States. As the former Executive Director of Latino Memphis, Inc., I commend their efforts in amplifying marginalized voices and challenging conventional narratives. This book is not just timely—it's essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of immigration issues.

    José Velázquez, Former Executive Director, Latino Memphis, Inc.

    "This book expertly captures the complex 'push' factors that drive immigration in much of the Americas, and brilliantly places them in their unique historical and political context by using a comparative, country-by-country approach. To contextualize these forces further, Ashby and LaRosa have focused—refreshingly—on the lives and journeys of individual immigrants. Lifting up this human dimension is essential for a full comprehension of the phenomena of migration and opens our hearts to the impacts these forces have on individuals, families, and communities."

    David Lubell, Founder and Director Emeritus - Welcoming America; Atlanta, Georgia