Category: Latina/o Studies

Remove the Sword of Damocles from DACA

Remove the Sword of Damocles from DACA

—Michael A. Olivas and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
The legal and historical roots of DACA run deep and represent one form of prosecutorial discretion exercised by DHS during the Obama administration.

Mobilizing Threat

Mobilizing Threat

—Greg Prieto
Avoidance and isolation offer immigrants short term protection from the reach of law enforcement, but also form a barrier to participation in the form of agency that is most likely to deliver long term relief: social movement organizing.

Fear and Learning

Fear and Learning

—Glenda M. Flores
Schools are not set up to support Latina/o students, especially those with undocumented parents. Often, Latina educators have to fill resource gaps. These kinds of issues will only become more pronounced as the Latina/o population grows across the United States and as they come under attack in the Trump era.

Love Doesn’t Trump Hate

Love Doesn’t Trump Hate

—Lee Bebout
White supremacy is reinforced by and persists because of a complex of emotions. Love does not exist above and beyond hate in a distinct sphere. Love and hate are side by side, they stick together, they intermingle, they interpenetrate. “Love Trumps Hate” is a catchy slogan, but these words do something that we cannot continue. They hinder understanding.

Trump and the Scapegoating of Latinos

Trump and the Scapegoating of Latinos

—Hector Amaya
Nativism and anti-Latino fervor among media and political voices in the United States paved the way for Trump’s ascendance by scapegoating Latinos for the economic difficulties of white working class people and the perceived failure of democracy.

Public Statement on Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

We write out of our shared concern over the current Zika virus epidemic in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in the hopes of making useful interventions. Because of Zika’s adverse effect on fetal development and potential link to Guillan-Barré syndrome, the virus poses serious concerns for public health.