Our contribution to the “Race Trials” symposium considers the protracted legal battles to bring justice to the perpetrators of the killing of a young Mexican immigrant in rural Pennsylvania. From that sensational case, we attempt to draw more general civil rights lessons. The Article specifically contends that hate crimes directed at Latina/os, which have been at consistently high levels for the entire twenty-first century, are in no small part tied to the prolonged—and overheated—national debate over immigration.
ANATOMY OF A MODERN-DAY LYNCHING: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HATE CRIMES AGAINST LATINA/OS AND THE DEBATE OVER IMMIGRATION REFORM
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