William Kandel, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reviews three books: (1) New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States; (2) Apple Pie & Enchiladas: Latino Newcomers in the Rural Midwest; (3) The American South in a Global World. All three books are about immigrant population growth in nontraditional destinations previously characterized by White cultural and political dominance or Black-White polarization. The first book uses rural and urban examples across the country to discuss American’s thoughts on immigrants; while many understood the need for foreign-born labor, they did not see an obligation to accommodate permanently settled workers. Focusing on Latinos in the Midwest, the second book discusses how Latinos’ linguistic barriers restrict their access to social services and have to shoulder health care and housing needs that have been neglected by employers. The third book is about Asian and Latino immigrants’ identity formation in the United States’ South, a region known for its own, distinct culture.
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