Drawing New Lines in the Sand

Louis DeSipio

in Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948914 | DOI:
Drawing New Lines in the Sand

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When millions of immigrants, their U.S. citizen family members, and their supporters protested in the late winter and early spring of 2006, a new voice was raised in the national immigration debate and a new pro-immigrant organizational coalition coalesced. Many who marched expected—and many who watched the marches feared—that Congress would heed the demands of this new coalition and pass comprehensive immigration reform that would include among its provisions one of the central demands of the marchers: a path to permanent residence for the approximately twelve million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. This chapter examines the short- and medium-term effects of the 2006 immigrant rights protests on comprehensive immigration reform with an eye to the possibilities for such reform under President Barack Obama. It evaluates three themes: public opinion on immigration, the electoral legacies of the protests (in the 2006, 2008, and 2010 elections) and the emergence of a new organizational infrastructure that shapes the immigrant civic and political voice.

Keywords: United States; immigrants; protests; immigration; coalition; Congress; immigration reform; immigrant rights; public opinion; elections

Chapter.  7828 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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