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Making Los Angeles HomeThe Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States$
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Rafael "Alarcon, Luis Escala, Olga Odgers, and Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284852

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284852.001.0001

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Political Integration

Political Integration

From Life in the Margins to the Pursuit of Recognition

(p.163) Chapter 7 Political Integration
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   political integration, Mexican immigrants, legal permanent residents, political mobilizations, Mexican politics, transnational political participation

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