The Immigration Crisis: Nativism, Armed Vigilantism, and the Rise of a Countervailing Movement

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Immigration remains one of the most pressing and polarizing issues in the United States. In The Immigration Crisis, political scientist and social activist Armando Navarro takes a hard look at 400 years of immigration into the territories that now form the United States, paying particular attention to the ways in which immigrants have been received. The book provides a political, historical, and theoretical examination of the laws, personalities, organizations, events, and demographics that have shaped four centuries of immigration and led to the widespread social crisis that today divides citizens, noncitizens, regions, and political parties. As a prominent activist, Navarro has participated broadly in the Mexican-American community's responses to the problems of immigration and integration, and his book also provides a powerful glimpse into the actual working of Hispanic social movements. In a sobering conclusion, Navarro argues that the immigration crisis is inextricably linked to the globalization of capital and the American economy's dependence on cheap labor.
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Editorial Reviews

November 2009 Choice
Navarro's lifetime activist experience in Chicano/Latino right movements enlivens the text with rare insight, personal reflections, and primary source material from his own meeting notes. Recommended.
Western Historical Quarterly
Navarro skillfully captures the tensions caused by the changing America….The book's greatest value is its encyclopedic quality. It will be reference by scholars of Chicano/a studies and the growing field of immigration studies.
November 2009 CHOICE
Navarro's lifetime activist experience in Chicano/Latino right movements enlivens the text with rare insight, personal reflections, and primary source material from his own meeting notes. Recommended.
Mario T. Garcia
Armando Navarro has written a most needed and valuable study of the historical origins of Mexican migration to the United States and its continuing importance. This is a must-read for both concerned citizens and policy makers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759112094
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Armando Navarro is a political scientist and professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. He has three decades of experience in community organizing and advocacy, dealing with local, state, national, and international social justice issues that affect Latinos. His previous books include Mexicano Political Experience in Occupied Aztlán,La Raza Unida Party, and The Cristal Experiment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Immigration Crisis

1 Exodus to the New World and U.S. Immigration Experience (30,000BC-1930s) 1

2 U.S. Occupation of Aztlan and Rise of Mexico's Migrant Exodus (1848-1940) 37

3 Era of the Bracero Program and Resurgent Nativism (1942-1964) 67

4 Re-Mexicanization of Aztlan and Immigration Reforms Intensify (1965-1989) 89

5 Decade of Growing Nativism, Xenophobia, and Militarization of the Cactus Curtain (1990-2004) 115

6 Arizona's Nativist Armed Rancher Vigilantes and Militia Crisis (1999-2004) 145

7 Minuteman Project and the Nativist Anti-Migrant Movement (2005-2007) 177

8 Militias, Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups and Nativism on the Rise (2005-2007) 209

9 Mexicano's Response to the Rancher Vigilante and Rancher Crisis (2000-2005) 231

10 NAHR's Struggle Against Raids and Minutemen Project (2004-2005) 259

11 The Restrictionist Nativist Legislative Surge (2004-2007) 279

12 Rise of the Countervailing Movimento Pro-Migrante (2006) 313

13 Decline of the Movimento Pro-Migrante and its Mobilizations (2006-2007) 343

Epilogue: The Immigration Crisis: What Now? 365

Notes 389

Index 461

About the Author 487

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