TitleThe impact of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 on Latino political attitudes and participation
NameMoreno-Saldivar, Idalia Karina (author), Chebel d'Appollonia, Ariane (chair), Riccucci, Norma M. (internal member), Van Ryzin, Gregg (internal member), Schain, Martin A. (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - Newark,
SubjectPublic Administration (SPAA),
Emigration and immigration law--Arizona,
Latin Americans--Political activity--United States
DescriptionIn April of 2010, Arizona passed Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070), an immigration law that quickly sparked controversy for being considered the country’s toughest immigration bill to date. State legislatures throughout the country promptly began and continue to consider enacting similar bills. As of January 2012, 36 state legislature have proposed similar legislation, making this anti-immigrant policy a disproportionate burden on Latinos, Mexican Americans, and Mexican immigrants (lawful and unlawful, alike) living in the United States, not exclusive to those residing in Arizona. This study used a mixed methods design to ask, What was the impact of SB 1070 on Latino political attitudes and participation? The study used a mixed methods explanatory sequential design that began with a nationally representative quantitative analysis using the Pew Research Center’s Political Survey (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2010), and continued with an analysis of qualitative data collected in the form of in-depth interviews with Latinos residing in Arizona and New York. This design addressed a deficiency in the participation literature of qualitative methods and purposefully included Latino noncitizens that have generally been excluded from existing analyses in the participation literature. Findings indicate Latinos across the U.S. experienced and reacted to SB 1070 differently; Latinos along the southern international border in Arizona experienced more “democratic disenchantment” than Latinos in New York. The study found SB 1070 alerted Latinos of different nationalities (not only those of Mexican descent) and that the Latino population is not politically monolithic. More importantly, the study found Latino political mobilization in response to SB 1070 was influenced by legal status of the individual and his/her family members, generational cohort, English proficiency, ethnic solidarity, location, and affiliation with community-based organizations.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Idalia Karina Moreno-Saldivar
CollectionGraduate School - Newark Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.