Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture: The "New" Immigrants? Understanding Contemporary Latino/a Immigration in Historical Perspective
We often imagine the United States as "a nation of immigrants." When we discuss contemporary immigration, we generally think of people coming from Latin America and we consider them to be both “new” to the U.S. and “different” from immigrants of the past. In particular, we tend to focus on the legal status of immigrants today. How is immigration new and different today than in the past? How have our policies changed over the past century? How might we understand Latinos/as as people who are "new Americans" but also have centuries of history in this country? Dr. Lilia Fernandez, Associate Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University, will answer these questions and consider how we might rethink our conversations on this issue.