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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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Public Policies and Mexican Immigrant Integration in the City and County of Los Angeles

Public Policies and Mexican Immigrant Integration in the City and County of Los Angeles

(p.185) Chapter 8 Public Policies and Mexican Immigrant Integration in the City and County of Los Angeles
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

This chapter focuses on public policies that impact the processes of integration. Although the chapter stresses some of the most controversial and negative immigration policies at the federal, state, and local levels, it is important to point out that California and especially the city and county of Los Angeles present a more favorable stance toward immigrants than many other regions of the United States. Indeed, not all the local and state policies and ordinances are negative; several initiatives serve the goal of integration for immigrants. It is also worth stressing that the positive aspects of policy initiatives—such as those combating wage theft or those defending the rights of domestic workers and day laborers—are intimately tied to the capacity of immigrant workers to organize and demand respect for their rights, and to the backing provided by the civil organizations that support these initiatives.

Keywords:   public policies, integration process, immigration policies, policy initiatives, immigrant workers

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