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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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Nativism and the 2006 Pro-Immigration Reform Rallies

Nativism and the 2006 Pro-Immigration Reform Rallies

(p.68) 2 Nativism and the 2006 Pro-Immigration Reform Rallies
Citizenship Excess

Hector Amaya

NYU Press

This chapter studies the 2006 pro-immigration reform rallies (PMR), in which millions of Latinas/os and supporters called for immigration law reforms that would create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents. Although the PMR marches were successful, state and federal governments enacted harsher immigration measures, bringing instead increased burden to documented and undocumented immigrants. This case illustrates how citizenship, nation, justice, and law are integral parts of the national regime and work as a closed self-referential social and discursive universe. Their rallies served as an example of civil society using the Latino public sphere to fight for pro-immigration reform. In addition, PMR's defeat attests to the coloniality prevalent at that time.

Keywords:   pro-immigration reform rallies, undocumented residents, immigration measures, citizenship

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