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The Latina/o Racial and Citizenship Divide on Perceptions of the Influence of Immigrant Mobilizations*
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
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Volume 83, Issue 1, pages 32–54, February 2013
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Morales, M. C., Murga, A. L. and Sanchez, M. E. (2013), The Latina/o Racial and Citizenship Divide on Perceptions of the Influence of Immigrant Mobilizations. Sociological Inquiry, 83: 32–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2012.00432.x
- Issue published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
In spring 2006, the United States witnessed immigrant marches throughout the nation. Although Latina/os are often depicted as the “face” of the immigrant marches, we know little about how racial and citizenship statuses shaped Latina/os’ perceptions of how the marches influenced public perceptions of undocumented immigrants. Using logistic regression on data from the 2006 National Survey of Latinos, we find that Latina/os identifying as white are less likely to be supportive of the immigrant marches than those who defied standard racial classifications, and instead identified as “Latina/o.” Moreover, Latina/os who are born in the United States are not as supportive of the immigrant marches in comparison with naturalized citizens and non-citizen Latina/os, accounting for demographic and human capital factors. This study suggests there is a “racial- and citizenship divide” among Latina/os that fragments perceptions on the immigrant mobilizations in the United States.