Civil Rights Organizations
After reading the articles by Sierra, Rumbaut, Dingeman & Robles, and Rinconchaps write a reflective paragraph (300 words) answering the following questions: 1. Describe how and why Mexican American activists and civil rights organizations fought for humane Immigration Reform in the 1970s and 1980s. Give 2 examples from the readings on the types of the reason and types of reform they sought. 2. Briefly explain the research offered in Rumbaut’s article regarding the “supposed” crime rates among immigrants, especially Mexican immigrants and how the criminalization of immigrants is supported by laws. Analyze the role of the media and rhetorical debates about Mexican immgration in the criminalization of immigrants. 3. What is the DREAM Act? Describe the benefits to the U.S., immigrant and Latinx communities if the original DREAM act were to be passed as legislation. How and why are youth activists advocating for this legislation? Provide your own thoughts, opinions and ideas on all of these issues and examples from the readings to support your opinions and ideas.