From Life in the Margins to the Pursuit of Recognition
This chapter examines the political integration of Mexican immigrants. The ninety Mexican immigrants interviewed here have participated in the political life of Los Angeles, although at varying levels. Those who are U.S. citizens have access to electing the officials who govern them. However, legal permanent residents and the undocumented are both present in political mobilizations and are in touch with what is going on in politics in both the United States and Mexico. In spite of many being long established in the United States, they have not completely detached from Mexican politics. There have been some cases of transnational political participation on the part of immigrants who have decided to participate in electoral contests in their places of origin, which demonstrates the use of differentiated strategies for political integration. However, the interviewees offer a very negative vision of Mexican politics, which they consistently associate with corruption, violence, and poverty.
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