Fiji-Indian. Radical. Forced Migrant. Juris Doctor. Reluctant Dreamer. Undocumented. Unafraid. Unapologetic. Unashamed.
A progressive – and queer — immigration reform agenda sees the exploitation of immigration labor as its paramount concern, and understands that the personal stories it elicits from immigrants cannot sustain a long-term reform package. These stories might provide comfort about what we know about immigrants. But they disable our understanding of the economic crisis of neoliberalism, of which the battle over immigration is a symptom. In the context of the gay movement, immigration is overcast by the new reality of what it means to be “LGBT” today – to be defined by a class category rather than any sense of politics.
Dr. Yasmin Nair in What’s Left of Queer?