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- DescriptionIn 1935 a federal court judge handed down a ruling that could have been disastrous for Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latis in the United States. However, in an unprecedented move, the Roosevelt administration wielded the power of administrative law to neutralize the decision and thereby dealt a severe blow to the nativist movement. A Quiet Victory for Lati Rights recounts this important but little-kwn story. To the dismay of some nativist groups, the Immigration Act of 1924, which limited the number of immigrants who could be admitted annually, did t apply to immigrants from Latin America. In response to nativist legal maneuverings, the 1935 decision said that the act could be applied to Mexican immigrants. That decision, which ruled that the Mexican petitioners were t free white person[s], might have paved the road to segregation for all Latis. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, had worked to sensitize the Roosevelt administration to the tenuous position of Latis in the United States. Advised by LULAC, the Mexican government, and the US State Department, the administration used its authority under administrative law to have all Mexican immigrants--and Mexican Americans--classified as white. It implemented the policy when the federal judiciary acquiesced to the New Deal, which in effect prevented further rulings. In recounting this story, complete with colorful characters and unlikely bedfellows, Patrick Lukens adds a significant chapter to the racial history of the United States.
- Author BiographyPatrick Lukens is a native of the Southwest. Since earning his PhD in history from Arizona State University, he has served as a policy analyst for the Arizona Board of Regents and is currently an independent scholar and a faculty member in the Arizona community college system.
- Author(s)Patrick D. Lukens
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight456 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition Statement2nd
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