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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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(p.1) Introduction
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Mexican migration and integration to the United States. The migration of Mexicans to the United States stands out by virtue of its volume and its historic trajectory. Indeed, Mexicans are the most numerous group of immigrants in the United States, accounting for nearly a third of the total. A variety of actors within U.S. society and politics have stressed the positive value of the presence and integration of this vast population. However, other voices have expressed concern and skepticism, including some within the U.S. academic sector. For example, political scientist Samuel Huntington declared that the most immediate and serious challenge to the traditional identity of the United States stemmed from Latin American immigration, especially the immigration from Mexico. For him, many Mexican immigrants and their descendants simply did not seem to identify primarily with the United States.

Keywords:   Mexican migration, Mexican immigrants, U.S. society, U.S. politics, Samuel Huntington, Latin American immigration

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