“Conflicting Notions of Settlement: Plyler v. Doe and Mexico’s Encuesta Nacional de Emigración, 1977-1982”
María E. Balandrán-Castillo, University of Chicago
“Containing Threats to the Nation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”
Lisa Pinley Covert, College of Charleston
“Making Patriotic and Stateless Mexicans in the U.S. during Porfirio Díaz’s Regime, 1880s-1890s”
Maria Duarte, University of Texas at San Antonio
This paper examines President Porfirio Díaz’s consular agenda toward the Mexican community in the United States during the late nineteenth century. It argues that Díaz’s consular policies shaped the meanings of being Mexican north of the Rio Grande at that time. Díaz’s consular officials implemented a “Mexicanization” campaign to integrate their compatriots in the United States to the Mexican nation. Yet, the Díaz regime arbitrarily rendered dozens of Mexican immigrants stateless for having lived outside of the republic for more than ten years. Díaz’s consular measures laid the foundation for patriotic yet vulnerable Mexican communities in the United States.
Commentator: Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame
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