Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media, and the Nation

Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media, and the Nation

Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media, and the Nation

Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media, and the Nation

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In April 2010, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed what at the time many observers considered the toughest immigration bill in the nation at a state level (Archibold 2010). The law ordered immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and required police to question any detainees that they believed might be in the United States illegally. Opponents of the law argued that it would inevitably lead to racial profiling against the Latino population. In the weeks that followed, a mediated national debate about the merits of the law pitted Latino groups, human rights and social justice activists, nativist organizations, politicians, city councils, members of state and federal congresses, and an ever-polarizing media against each other. President Obama criticized the law but also explicitly agreed with some of the rationale used by Governor Brewer; he allocated an additional twelve hundred National Guard troops and half a billion dollars for increased border security. In the weeks that followed, politicians in other states began contemplating copying Arizona’s law. On May 2010, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released data . . .

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