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Unsettled AmericansMetropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration$
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John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702662

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702662.001.0001

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The Last Suburb

The Last Suburb

Immigrant Integration in the Inland Empire

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Unsettled Americans

Juan De Lara

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at California's San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, also known as the “Inland Empire” and once a white Republican outpost. African Americans, Latino immigrants, and nonimmigrants have transformed the Inland Empire by moving there for cheaper housing. The sudden changes, and the political mismatch between the prevailing leadership and the new demographics, have produced a wave of anti-immigrant activism. This chapter draws parallels to the Phoenix case in terms of rapidity of change, demographic difference between old and young, and fragmentation and weakness of the business community, as well as the absence of political mobilization among the new immigrants.

Keywords:   California, San Bernardino, Riverside, Inland Empire, anti-immigrant activism, change, demographic difference, political mobilization, business community

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