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Rallying for Immigrant RightsThe Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America$
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Kim Voss

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267541

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267541.001.0001

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From Prayer to Protest

From Prayer to Protest

The Immigrant Rights Movement and the Catholic Church

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Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Luisa Heredia

University of California Press

Undocumented immigration has been at the heart of contemporary legislative debates on immigration policy in the United States. In 2006, immigrants of all legal statuses were at the center of the mass mobilizations that responded to and affected these debates. In cities across the country, undocumented and documented immigrants, and their supporters, took to the streets to protest enforcement-only legislation, including H. R. 4437, and demanding immigration reform that included the legalization of undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. In the halls of Congress after the mass mobilizations, immigration debates immediately shifted and soon hinged on finding a way to provide a pathway to citizenship for all, or a portion of, the reported twelve million undocumented immigrants. This chapter examines the Catholic Church’s participation in the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles during the 2006 campaign for immigration reform. After reviewing the literature on religion and political participation, it discusses the Church’s national Justice for Immigrants campaign. It also considers how the Church’s efforts in mobilizing its base have fit into the divisions within the immigrant rights movement.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, immigration, United States, immigration policy, immigration rights movement, mass mobilizations, immigration reform, Justice for Immigrants, Los Angeles, immigration rights

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