Father Luis Olivares, a Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles

By Mario T. García | Go to book overview

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Expanding Sanctuary

In the 1970s and into the 1980s, headlines in newspapers and magazines read “Illegal Invasion.” These headlines were not referring to the Central American refugees, but to undocumented Mexican immigrants, whom many referred to as “illegal aliens.” While the migration of Central American refugees into Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States captured media and political attention in the 1980s, the reality also was that an even larger migration was still occurring: undocumented workers from Mexico. This movement had been noticeable and already a contentious issue in the 1970s and would continue to be so into the new decade. Thousands of Mexicans without papers continued to stream across the border, seeking jobs and economic security for their families. Mexicans were pushed out by a Mexican economy affected by globalization that simply did not provide enough good-paying jobs for its people. In addition, the peso devaluation and rising prices in the early 1980s made life even harder. Border industries on the Mexican side—maquiladoras—favored only hiring single young women and hence men and those with families were left out of these jobs and had no recourse but to cross the border. The pull on the U.S. side had to do with a continued appetite for cheap Mexican labor that had its roots as far back as the early twentieth century, when large-scale immigration from Mexico commenced. In the 1980s it was no longer the railroads and mines that coveted this source of labor; it was agribusiness looking for farm labor and, increasingly, urban service jobs needed to accommodate the needs of the new postindustrial economy that favored service jobs over industrial ones, many having been transferred to developing Third World countries as part of the new global economy. Immigrant workers, especially from Mexico, were coveted as domestics, nannies, gardeners, car-washers, restaurant and hotel workers, and low-skilled construction workers to build new suburban and high-rise residencies for edu

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Prologue 1
  • Introduction 5
  • One - San Antonio 31
  • Two - Seminary 56
  • Three - Priesthood 86
  • Four - Company Man 124
  • Five - Conversion 154
  • Six - Organizing the Barrio 181
  • Seven - Community Priest 207
  • Eight - Preparing Sanctuary 248
  • Nine - Declaring Sanctuary 307
  • Ten - Expanding Sanctuary 343
  • Eleven - The Good Pastor 390
  • Twelve - ¡presente! 445
  • Epilogue 498
  • Acknowledgments 501
  • Notes 503
  • Bibliography 539
  • Index 545
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