Now the most populous minority group in the United States, Latino/as increasingly need guidance on the everyday issues that affect their economic livelihood, their freedom, and their equal rights to dignity and opportunity. This comprehensive guide is organized around the three flashpoints that contribute to the unique legal treatment of Latino/as-immigration status, language regulation, and racial/ethnic discrimination. These points are examined in the venues of everyday life for Latino/as-from discrimination in housing to discrimination and language regulation in the workplace and lack of protection for immigrant labor, to classrooms where the bilingual education debate rages, to the voting booth and the criminal justice system where Latino/as confront racial profiling and language barriers.
“Written with compassion and precision, Everyday Law for Latino/as is an invaluable tool for our farm workers, their advocates, and others as well as for Latino/as of any background or profession. We are thankful to the authors for their dedication to making the tools for justice accessible in this book.”
—Dolores Huerta, Cofounder of the United Farm Workers
“This is a fascinating and useful resource, in effect an instructional manual for advice on the many dimensions of immigration, education, housing, voting rights, consumer rights, language issues, and other legal needs of the Latino population. I predict it will be on the desk of many people who work with this community, and will be dog-eared and bookmarked by most. I expect to use it regularly and to recommend it widely.”
—Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center
“An essential reference for Latino/as across the United States. Chock full of useful and relevant information, this volume will be virtually indispensable to Latino/as seeking to protect their rights. In clear and precise prose, the book provides basic legal knowledge on issues of critical importance to the Latino/a community, including the law of employment, criminal justice, immigration rights, and much more. Covering a subject per chapter, the book outlines the law in understandable terms—not easy for many lawyers to do—and provides invaluable references to resources with additional information on each topic. Professors Bender, Aldana, Carrasco, and Avila should be congratulated on doing a great service to a community that all too often must face off with the law.”
—Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the University of California–Davis School of Law
Acknowledgments Chapter 1:Introduction Immigration Language Discrimination Broad Scope of Latino/a Population Sources of Law Overview of the Book Practical Guidance for Latino/as Chapter 2: Employment Law Discrimination in Hiring and Employment Terms and Conditions of Employment Sexual Harassment Language Requirements in the Workplace Rights of Undocumented Workers Farm Worker Wages Appendix Chapter 3: Discrimination in Housing Landlord Discrimination Habitability of Housing Landlord Obligations to Spanish-Speaking Tenants Discrimination in Lending Appendix Chapter 4: Language Discrimination Official English and English-Only Laws Government Obligations to Spanish Speakers Spanish Language and Family Law English-Only Rules in Places of Entertainment Language Fraud in the Marketplace Appendix Chapter 5: Hate Speech Hate Speech on the Job Hate Speech at Home and on the Street Derogatory Media Stereotypes of Latino/as Walkouts, Protests, and Boycotts: Legal Limits Appendix Chapter 6: Education The No Child Left Behind Act Affirmative Action and Higher Education Race-Conscious Measures in K-12 Schools Rights of Undocumented Children Bilingual Education Appendix Chapter 7: Voting Rights Barriers to Effective Political Participation Dilution of Latino/a Voting Strength Section 5 Preclearance Invisible Government Boards Appendix Chapter 8: Criminal Justice System Racial Profiling The Right to Remain Silent Pretrial Language Rights Language Rights During a Criminal Trial Spanish Speakers on Criminal Juries Prisoners' Language Rights Immigration Crimes Immigration Consequences for the Commission of Crime Appendix Chapter 9: Immigrats Choosing Lawyers and Filing Taxes Choosing Legal Representation Paying Taxes in the United States Appendix Chapter 10: Documented Immigrants Government Benefits Citizenship Family Unification Removal: Reasons, Process, and Relief Appendix Chapter 11: Undocumented Migrants Government Benefits Access to Higher Education Ordinary Living Legalization, Removal, and Relief from Removal Domestic Violence: Legalization of Victims and Removal Appendix Chapter 12: Conclusion Index About the Authors