As American voters head to the polls, this month, and in the future, a serious reality check is in order to separate fact from political fiction regarding the controversy over immigration. Bacon's new book intends to do just that; presenting photographs and first-person accounts from the immigrants themselves, a much more rich and vibrant picture emerges than that portrayed by knee-jerk politicians and sensational headlines. Many of today's migrant laborers are responsible for harvesting and processing the overwhelming majority of our nation's food, from the vegetables in our salads to the filet mignons of five-star restaurants. Difficult manual labor in factories, refineries, and mines around the country are also draws for thousands of migrant workers. Most of these jobs are high risk, receive little pay, and offer almost no protection by the government. "The voices of immigrants need to be heard," Bacon says, and his new book makes it abundantly clear just how immigrants are essential to this country's economic and cultural prosperity. Bacon's previous book is "The Children of NAFTA"- Codys Books
David Bacon is a California photojournalist who documents labor, migration and globalization.