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Out of the Shadows, into the Light

Roberto Suro

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267541.003.0013
Out of the Shadows, into the Light

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The immigrant rights protests of 2006 were an unprecedented public mobilization in their size and character, but their lasting impact is not to be found through the measures usually applied to social movements: policies changed, candidates elected, organizations formed, and so on. This book has argued that the marches were a vivid public display of attitudes rarely expressed beyond Latino households and communities. Two lasting impressions from the 2006 protests were white T-shirts and children. Once the word spread, white T-shirts became the emblematic uniform of the marches. Also, the marchers came with children as if they were on an outing. Public opinion surveys conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center suggest that the marches reflected long-standing perceptions that discrimination is a problem for Latinos and Latino immigrants, perceptions that were heightened by the immigration policy debate. In the years after the marches, circumstances changed but many Latinos continued to see peril in the immigration policies of the United States.

Keywords: United States; immigrants; protests; immigration; Latinos; immigrant rights; white T-shirts; children; discrimination; immigration policy

Chapter.  3846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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