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Citizenship ExcessLatino/as, Media, and the Nation$
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Hector Amaya

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708453

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708453.001.0001

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Latinas/os and Citizenship Excess

(p.1) Introduction
Citizenship Excess

Hector Amaya

NYU Press

This introductory chapter examines an Arizona immigration bill ordering immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times, and requiring police to question any detainees that they believed might be in the United States illegally. Many politicians support the bill in spite of the fact that the majority of voters (45 percent versus 40 percent) believe that it would lead to discrimination against Hispanics. In relation to this case, the book investigates the convergence of legal and political excess with ethno-racial privilege. It also theorizes that citizenship is inherently a process of uneven political capital accumulation, which follows ethno-racial lines.

Keywords:   Arizona immigration bill, alien registration documents, Hispanics, discrimination, ethno-racial privilege, political capital accumulation

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