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Migration Seminar Series – “Immigration from LA to the Midwest”

November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Immigration from Latin America to the Midwest has steadily increased over the last decade, and Wisconsin is no exception. Furthermore, Latin Americans, especially Mexicans, constitute the majority of new immigrant arrivals to the region.  These developments are transforming the demographics of Midwestern cities and rural areas in ways that are familiar in traditional receiving states.  The high birth rate among recent immigrants from Latin America accelerates this process. These population dynamics have been referred to as the “browning of America.” Many accounts homogenize distinct and unique populations from all over Latin America in ways that contribute to the narrative that Leo R. Chávez has termed, the “Latino Threat.” Our roundtable session challenges this narrative by examining the actual population dynamics behind it and exploring the complexities and challenges different Midwestern groups of Latin American descent face in the era of Trump.

Almita A. Miranda, Assistant Professor, Geography and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, UW-Madison Alfredo Carlos, Director, The Foundation for Economic Democracy & Lecturer, Department of Political Science, CSU Long Beach Marla A. Ramírez, Assistant Professor, History and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, UW-Madison José G. Villagrán, Ph.D., Lecturer, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies, UW-Madison
Moderated by Armando Ibarra, Associate Professor, School for Workers and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies