Democracy in Immigrant America: Changing Demographics and Political Participation

By S. Karthick Ramakrishnan | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 6

Were They Pushed? Political Threat, Institutional Mobilization, and Immigrant Voting

A day after the largest demonstration in recent Los Angeles history, enthusiastic organizers and participants exuded optimism Monday about a new political activism that would energize an increasingly diverse Latino community.... Reflecting on the historic march, many participants spoke of an updated version of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which resulted in a certain degree of political empowerment for Latinos—but this time with a much stronger immigrant input.

Patrick McDonnell and Robert Lopez, November 17, 1994

As a citizenship outreach worker for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Catherine Pedroza has been involved in education efforts regarding Proposition 187 within the Asian community since midsummer. Many of those she has approached have been indifferent about the proposition, she said. Some have even said they are in favor.

Leslie Berestein, September 25, 1994

So far, this book has examined the effects on participation of various immigrant-related variables such as generational status, length of stay in the United States, country of origin characteristics, and factors related to immigrant residential contexts. In this chapter, I consider political contexts that may have a significant and unique impact on the participation of first-generation immigrants. In particular, I examine the extent to which voting in the 1990s was influenced by immigrants'

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