Latinx political empowerment in Chicago during the Trump era : an analysis of interviews from Latinx elected officials

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2020-05-05

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Cuevas, Ismael

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As the Latinx population grows and Latinxs are gaining political representation at every level of government in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois there must be an analysis to assess if representation is translating into empowerment. The purpose of the study is to understand Latinx political empowerment during the President Trump era in urban neighborhoods from the perspective of Latinx elected officials from city, county, and state levels in the Chicago metropolitan region. This study focuses on the perspectives of ten elected officials — five women and five men — who belong to the Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennial generations and are of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Guatemalan descent. Major themes include political representation, Census 2020, immigration rhetoric and policy, and accessibility to local government

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