The Latina/o Racial and Citizenship Divide on Perceptions of the Influence of Immigrant Mobilizations

Marisa E. Sanchez, Texas A&M University
Maria C. Morales, University of Texas at El Paso
Aurelia L. Murga, University of Texas at El Paso


In spring 2006, the United States witnessed immigrant marches throughout the nation. Although Latina/os are often depicted as the “face” of the immigrant marches, we know little about how racial and citizenship statuses shaped Latina/os’ perceptions of how the marches influenced public perceptions of undocumented immigrants. Using logistic regression on data from the 2006 National Survey of Latinos, we find that Latina/os identifying as white are less likely to be supportive of the immigrant marches than those who defied standard racial classifications, and instead identified as “Latina/o.” Moreover, Latina/os who are born in the United States are not as supportive of the immigrant marches in comparison with naturalized citizens and non-citizen Latina/os, accounting for demographic and human capital factors. This study suggests there is a “racial- and citizenship divide” among Latina/os that fragments perceptions on the immigrant mobilizations in the United States.