Mexican Americans And The Law

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The experience of Mexican Americans in the United States has been marked by oppression at the hands of the legal system-but it has also benefited from successful appeals to the same system. Mexican Americans and the Law illustrates how Mexican Americans have played crucial roles in mounting legal challenges regarding issues that directly affect their political, educational, and socioeconomic status.

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Overview

The experience of Mexican Americans in the United States has been marked by oppression at the hands of the legal system-but it has also benefited from successful appeals to the same system. Mexican Americans and the Law illustrates how Mexican Americans have played crucial roles in mounting legal challenges regarding issues that directly affect their political, educational, and socioeconomic status.

Each chapter highlights historical contexts, relevant laws, and policy concerns for a specific issue and features abridged versions of significant state and federal cases involving Mexican Americans. Beginning with People v. Zammora (1940), the trial that was a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles during World War II, the authors lead students through some of the most important and precedent-setting cases in American law:
• Educational equality: from segregation concerns in Méndez v. Westminster (1946) to unequal funding in San Antonio Independent School District vs. Rodríguez (1973)
• Gender issues: reproductive rights in Madrigal v. Quilligan (1981), workplace discrimination in EEOC v. Hacienda Hotel (1989), sexual violence in Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS (2001)
• Language rights: Ýñiguez v. Arizonans for Official English (1995), García v. Gloor (1980), Serna v. Portales Municipal Schools (1974)
• Immigration-: search and seizure questions in U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce (1975) and U.S. v. Martínez-Fuerte (1976); public benefits issues in Plyler v. Doe (1982) and League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson (1997)
• Voting rights: redistricting in White v. Regester (1973) and Bush v. Vera (1996)
• Affirmative action: Hopwood v. State of Texas (1996) and Coalition for Economic Equity v. Wilson (1997)
• Criminal justice issues: equal protection in Hernández v. Texas (1954); jury service in Hernández v. New York (1991); self incrimination in Miranda v. Arizona (1966); access to legal counsel in Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)

With coverage as timely as the 2003 Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, Mexican Americans and the Law offers invaluable insight into legal issues that have impacted Mexican Americans, other Latinos, other racial minorities, and all Americans. Discussion questions, suggested readings, and Internet sources help students better comprehend the intricacies of law.

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"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in law and the Mexican American experience, taken together or independently. Highly recommended." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816522798
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: The Mexican American Experience
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 366,192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Sonia R. García is a professor of political science at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Henry Flores is a professor of political sciencl at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. José Roberto Juárez Jr. is a professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Acronyms
1 Mexican Americans and the Law 3
2 Educational Equality 20
3 Gender and the Law 41
4 Law and Language 65
5 Immigration 89
6 Voting Rights 115
7 Affirmative Action 134
8 The Criminal Justice System 157
Glossary 177
List of Websites 189
Figure Credits 191
Index 193
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