Immigration and the Border

Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century

Edited by David L. Leal and José E. Limón

Latino Perspectives

The advent of the twenty-first century marks a significant moment in the history of Latinos in the United States. The “fourth wave” of immigration to America is primarily Latino, and the last decades of the twentieth century saw a significant increase in the number of Latino migrants, a diversification of the nations contributing to this migration, and an increase in the size of the native-born Latino population. A backlash against unauthorized immigration, which may indict all Latinos, is also underway. Understanding the growing Latino population, especially its immigrant dimensions, is therefore a key task for researchers in the social sciences and humanities.

The contributors to Immigration and the Border address immigration and border politics and policies, focusing on the U.S. side of the border. The volume editors have arranged the essays into five sections. The two chapters in the first section set the stage and discuss the binational lives of Mexican migrants; chapters in the subsequent sections highlight specific political and policy themes: civic engagement, public policies, political reactions against immigrants, and immigrant leadership. Because the immigration experience encompasses many facets of political life and public policy, the varied perspectives of the contributors offer a mosaic that contextualizes the impact of and contributions by contemporary Latino immigrants. Their research will appeal not only to scholars but to policymakers and the public and will inform contentious debates about migration and migrants.

David L. Leal is associate professor of government and Mexican American studies, Director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, and Director of the Immigration Studies Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.

José E. Limón is the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature at the University of Notre Dame and the former Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor in American and English Literature and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Contributors: Ricardo Ainslie, Maria de los Angeles Torres, Manuel Avalos, Gilberto Cárdenas, Marisol Cortez, Louis DeSipio, Daphny Dominguez Ainslie, Rodolfo Espino, René Galindo, John A. Garcia, Rafael A. Jimeno, David L. Leal, Lisa Magaña, Sylvia Manzano, Martha Montero-Sieburth, Jessica Nuñez de Ybarra, Raymond V. Padilla, Adrian D. Pantoja, Emily Prieto, Javier M. Rodriguez, Harriett D. Romo, Jill Strube, Adela de la Torre, and Jami Vigil.

“With Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century, editors David L. Leal and José E. Limón have gathered an impressive group of contributors from diverse fields to provide an understanding of immigration dynamics in contemporary American political and civic life. Written in an accessible style, this fine volume delivers extensive coverage of political and border issues, making it valuable for students in many Latino studies courses.” — Jorge Chapa, Professor, IGPA, Sociology and Latina/o Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“This volume makes an original contribution by presenting new research in the field of Latino studies. The varied perspectives of the contributors make the book appealing to scholars and students in political science, sociology, anthropology, education, Latino studies, and border studies. Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century will also appeal to Latino organizations and policy advocates.” — Raquel Marquez, University of Texas at San Antonio