Raza Sí, Migra No

Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego

By Jimmy Patiño

356 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 halftones, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3556-9
    Published: November 2017
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3555-2
    Published: November 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3557-6
    Published: October 2017

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As immigration from Mexico to the United States grew through the 1970s and 1980s, the Border Patrol, police, and other state agents exerted increasing violence against ethnic Mexicans in San Diego’s volatile border region. In response, many San Diego activists rallied around the leadership of the small-scale print shop owner Herman Baca in the Chicano movement to empower Mexican Americans through Chicano self-determination. The combination of increasing repression and Chicano activism gradually produced a new conception of ethnic and racial community that included both established Mexican Americans and new Mexican immigrants. Here, Jimmy Patiño narrates the rise of this Chicano/Mexicano consciousness and the dawning awareness that Mexican Americans and Mexicans would have to work together to fight border enforcement policies that subjected Latinos of all statuses to legal violence.

By placing the Chicano and Latino civil rights struggle on explicitly transnational terrain, Patiño fundamentally reorients the understanding of the Chicano movement. Ultimately, Patiño tells the story of how Chicano/Mexicano politics articulated an “abolitionist” position on immigration--going beyond the agreed upon assumptions shared by liberals and conservatives alike that deportations are inherent to any solutions to the still burgeoning immigration debate.

About the Author

Jimmy Patiño is assistant professor of Chicano and Latino studies at the University of Minnesota.
For more information about Jimmy Patiño, visit the Author Page.


“Patiño’s powerful analysis will challenge and occupy scholars of immigration studies, community mobilization, and identity politics for generations to come.”--American Historical Review

“Capably chronicles the conflicting and shifting attitudes toward immigrants among Chicano activists from the late 1960s through the 1980s . . . . An important examination of the role of place and of flexible notions of identity in shaping a social movement.”--Journal of American History

“The most valuable lesson learned from Patiño’s book is the author’s uncompromising critical review of the Chicano military history and of activists’ transition to more nuanced perspectives of La Raza.”--Western Historical Quarterly

“A sharp, well-written history. In a single community study, Patiño expertly shows the development of an important set of ideas that continues to impact both the field and its practitioners.”--Pacific Historical Review

“This fine work of history exemplifies strong archival and oral historical research, clear writing, and sound argumentation about topics of pressing importance. Patiño provides a new foundation for future academic research, and his book will sharpen, frame, and animate conversations about the United States and Mexico in classrooms, living rooms, and think tanks in both countries.”--Stephen Pitti, Yale University

“Studies of social movements usually center on commonality and shared struggles. In this powerful book, Patiño complicates this narrative, telling the story of historic mobilizations of Chicana/os and Mexican immigrants in which people organized across their differences in national and legal status and in the process created a broader type of solidarity and shared identity.”--Natalia Molina, author of How Race Is Made in America