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Outside a local Toyota dealership, March 2007
When I first heard about a clever Toyota Latino-marketing sticker campaign last week, with free window stickers distributed to consumers that read "Somos Muchos (fill in the Latin American country or region), Somos Muchos Toyota," (Translation: We are many TK, we are many Toyota), I was no more impressed than I ever am with the usual Latino marketing campaign.
And I'm still not, at least not so much by the campaign itself. But the response on a Facebook page set up by Toyota to distribute the stickers - and "get the community together," as a local Toyota dealership spokeswoman told me today - is what is proving to be most intriguing.
The vast majority of the Facebook wall comments are what the company might have expected: "Soy Ecuatoriano!" one man wrote. And another: "Somos muchos latinos, somos muchos mexicanos!!" Some express gratitude for their stickers (written phonetically in accented English by some as "esticker"), talk about their cars, and cheer for their ancestral homelands, geographic regions and hometowns (i.e. "Somos muchos chilangos...!!!").
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On the corner of York Boulevard and Verdugo Road, September 13, 2010
Where kielbasa meets crispy pata: A Polish restaurant and a Filipino restaurant side by side in a Glassell Park mini-mall.
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An 1893 editorial cartoon by Joseph Keppler from Puck magazine with the caption, "They would close to the new-comer the bridge that carried them and their fathers over."
Author Peter Schrag has an interesting piece published today in the Immigration Policy Center's "Perspectives" series, narratives written by academics and researchers on the topic of immigration.
The essay is taken from Schrag's book, "Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America."It puts the current immigration debate into historical context, taking a look at anti-immigrant sentiment, rhetoric and politics from the time of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to the post-/911 era. From the article:
American nativism and our historic ambivalence about immigration—at times vigorously seeking newcomers from abroad, at other times shutting them out and/or deporting them—is deeply entangled both in economic cycles and in the uncertainties of our vision of ourselves as a nation. A self?proclaimed “city upon a hill,” a shining model to the world, requires a certain kind of people. But what kind? Do they have to be pure Anglo?Saxons, whatever that was, which is what many reformers at the turn of the last century believed, or could it include “inferior” Southern Italians, Greeks, Slavs, Jews, or Chinese of the 1800s, the “dirty Japs” of 1942, or the Central Americans of today? Can America take the poor, the “tempest?tost,” the “wretched refuse” “yearning to breathe free” and make them a vital part of that city? If we began in perfection, how could change ever be anything but for the worse?
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A baby at a May Day rally in downtown Los Angeles, May 1, 2010
The back-and-forth over the 14th Amendment has recently bubbled back to the top of the immigration-debate cauldron. Until now, the talk of eliminating the constitutional right to U.S. citizenship for all those born in this country or naturalized had stayed in the realm of talk, more or less. Now, legislative efforts to either repeal birthright citizenship outright or force a federal court review are apparently gaining steam.
From a story in Sunday's Arizona Republic:
There are two emerging tracks to challenging the longstanding tenet that almost any baby born on U.S. soil is an automatic citizen. One is a traditional constitutional amendment asserting that one or both parents must be U.S. citizens or at least lawful permanent residents for a baby to qualify for citizenship. The other would be to pass federal or state legislation that could provoke a court battle over the amendment's citizenship clause.