and criminalization as something you do to "criminals." Every Latino and Asian child born in the United States who attends schools and walks the streets is proof to people who want to control
immigration that his or her America is under threat. He or she does not need to inquire about legal residency because in their heart of hearts, these two children are not American.
> Does the word "illegal" raise any issues for you?
> What are some of the issues that are not being explored in the press?
The majority of immigrants right now are women.
No one is tracking the employment practices and real estate investments of people like Tom Tancredo and Dennis Hastert. I would like to know how the elected Republican leadership has already benefited from immigrant labor. Use the campaign donations to find out the hypocrisies.
People come to the states because they think they will be able to make enough money to go home. My mom still saves for this possibility, even though her children are firmly established here.
Follow the foreign investment and military involvement of the US over the past 40 years. These military and capital investments created the infrastructure, and the incentives, for people to make their way into the United States.
> How were some of these protests organized? Was this different than in the 60's?
With high school students, it does seem to be e-mail and texting.
Posting and forwards through established e-mail networks.... and these make it much more difficult to enforce a particular message.
Also, the message is all over the place - right now the message seems to be !Legalize This! I think it has a clear labor base - but without a labor infrastructure. I impatiently wait the next step.
> How is the chicano and mexican experience crucially different than other ethnic groups with large illegal populations?
> How is immigration related to our economic policies, such as NAFTA?
The same technologies and materials that can be used to move plant facilities, jobs and technologies south to rural areas or other countries, can help transport people north. the same dispossession wrought by companies with deeper pockets can help create an incentive to leave a given area. This is what happened in Jalisco and Michoacan during the Porfiriato (when Mexico sustained nearly 35 years of intense economic development) with railroad investments - and in this case, with trocas, cellphones and TVs.
Mr. Gonzales is a Assistant Professor of History at UT Austin. He received his PHD from Michigan.