From volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched in support of immigrant rights, the United States has witnessed a surge of involvement in immigration activism. Leo R. Chavez critically investigates the stories about recent immigrants to show how prejudices are used to malign an entire population–and to define what it means to be an American.
Pundits and the media perpetuate the notion that Latinos, particularly Mexicans, are an invading force bent on reconquering land once their own and destroying the American way of life. Chavez contests this assumption’s basic tenets, offering facts to counter the many myths about the “Latino threat.” He concludes that citizenship is not just about legal definitions but about participation in society. Deeply resonant in today’s atmosphere of exclusion, Chavez’s insights offer an alternative and optimistic view of the vitality and future of our country.
-from the back cover
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