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Name:  Louis Desipio  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Washington, DC

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Taught at the University of Illinois 1995 - 2000

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New Americans By Choice: Political Perspectives Of Latino Immigrants
ISBN: 0813387949

Westview Press. 1994

A social and demographic portrait of Latino legal immigrants to the USA, comparing and contrasting them with the broader Latino population and discussing the experiences of Latinos from Central and South America.

Counting on the Latino Vote: Latinos as a New Electorate (Race, Ethnicity, and Politics)
ISBN: 0813916607

University of Virginia Press. 1996

Latinos, along with other new immigrants, are not being incorporated into U.S. politics as rapidly as their predecessors, raising concerns about political fragmentation along ethnic lines. In Counting on the Latino Vote, Louis DeSipio uses the first national studies of Latinos to investigate whether they engage in bloc voting or are likely to do so in the future.

To understand American racial and ethnic minority group politics, social scientists have largely relied on a black-white paradigm. DeSipio gives a more complex picture by drawing both on the histories of other ethnic groups and on up-to-date but underutilized studies of Hispanics' political attitudes, values, and behaviors. In order to explore the potential impact of Hispanics as an electorate, he analyzes the current Latino body politic and projects the possible voting patterns of those who reside in the United States but do not now vote.

Making Americans, Remaking America: Immigration And Immigrant Policy (Dilemmas in American Politics)
ISBN: 0813319439

Westview Press. 1998

Immigration policy has defined the United States as few other nations on earth. The central political dilemma is how we define who we should admit as a resident and who may become a citizen. These investigations lead us to the questions of how many immigrants we should admit, what traits these immigrants should have, and what standards we should set for naturalization. The nation must also determine what the rights and privileges of noncitizens should be.The authors present a historical overview of U.S. immigration, followed by an examination of these questions and the legislative and legal debates waged over immigration and settlement policies today. The authors also discuss the relationship between minorities and immigrants. They find that the public policy needs of immigrants are often confused with those of U.S.-born minorities. The book closes with the question: If the nation understood the kinds of demands that immigrants legitimately make, would we change the contract between the state and the immigrant?



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