Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

2013 Book

Thu, March 7, 2013
2013 Book
New book

In 2013, the University of Notre Dame Press published Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century (co-edited by David L. Leal and Jose E. Limón) in its Latino Perspectives series. This volume is based on panels sponsored by the Irma Rangel Institute at the first Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) conference held in Austin, TX.  David Leal is the Director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, and Jose Limón is the Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame (and former Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT).

According to the book's UNDP website:

"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."

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.

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