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Sounds of BelongingU.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy$
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Dolores Ines Casillas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770658

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770658.001.0001

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Sounds of Surveillance

Sounds of Surveillance

U.S. Spanish-Language Radio Patrols La Migra

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Sounds of Belonging

Dolores Inés Casillas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Spanish-language radio stations' discussions of the immigration and immigrant experience. Radio stations routinely feature a live call-in segment with a guest expert—doctor, social worker, nutritionist, or the occasional politician—to explain these topics. Depending on the particulars of the radio show, listeners receive an hour or two of current and free legal updates as they sympathetically listen to the legal plights of others. Hence, they make sense of revisions to already intricate legal forms, complain about periodic increases in filing fees, share their frustrations with long bureaucratic waits, or ask whether to report to a Department of Homeland Security regional office on the U.S. or Mexico side of the border.

Keywords:   Spanish-language radio stations, legal plights, Department of Homeland Security, regional office

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