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Author Lazo de la Vega, Sandra.

Title Against the tide : immigrants, day-laborers, and community in Jupiter, Florida / Sandra Lazo de la Vega and Timothy J. Steigenga
Published Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, ©2013


Description 1 online resource (ix, 189 pages) : illustrations
Contents From back burner to center stage: How Jupiter's melting pot boiled over -- The immigrant community in Jupiter: From migrants to mobilized -- Debating a community resource center -- El Sol in the sunshine state -- The El Sol family -- Local solutions and implications fro the national immigration debate
Summary "Across the United States, the issue of immigration has generated rancorous debate and divided communities. Many states and municipalities have passed restrictive legislation that erodes any sense of community. Against the Tide tells the story of Jupiter, Florida, a coastal town of approximately 50,000 that has taken a different path. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Jupiter was in the throes of immigration debates. A decade earlier, this small town had experienced an influx of migrants from Mexico and Guatemala. Immigrants seeking work gathered daily on one of the city's main streets, creating an ad-hoc, open-air labor market that generated complaints and health and human safety concerns. What began as a local debate rapidly escalated as Jupiter's situation was thrust into the media spotlight and attracted the attention of state and national anti-immigrant groups. But then something unexpected happened: immigrants, neighborhood residents, university faculty and students, and town representatives joined together to mediate community tensions and successfully moved the informal labor market to the new El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center. Timothy J. Steigenga, who helped found the center, and Lazo de la Vega, who organized students in support of its mission, describe how El Sol engaged the residents of Jupiter in a two-way process of immigrant integration and helped build trust on both sides. By examining one city's search for a positive public policy solution, Against the Tide offers valuable practical lessons for other communities confronting similar challenges."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Immigrants -- Florida -- Jupiter -- Social conditions
Immigrants -- Services for -- Florida -- Jupiter
Day laborers -- Services for -- Florida -- Jupiter
Community centers -- Florida -- Jupiter
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
Community centers.
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Immigrants -- Services for.
Immigrants -- Social conditions.
SUBJECT Jupiter (Fla.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Subject Florida -- Jupiter.
Form Electronic book
Author Steigenga, Timothy J., 1965-
LC no. 2012018534
ISBN 0299291030