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Accession Number ADA574437
Title Southwest Hispanic Community -- The Absence of Homeland Security Threats.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 113p
Personal Author A. G. Moore
Abstract Threats of terrorism and insurgency along the Southwest border are typically supported by anecdotal evidence rather than objective assessments of such threats, which limits government's ability to appropriately address issues related to homeland security, such as immigration enforcement and border security. This thesis provides an objective assessment of the potential for terrorist and insurgent threats to emanate from within the Southwest Hispanic Community by reviewing the status of and pressures upon the community using Social Identity Theory and Resource Mobilization Theory. The results indicate that Hispanics in the Southwest typically experience greater disparities in sociocultural, economic, and political conditions than non-Hispanics. External and internal pressures, represented by immigration policies and mandates for language usage, also have a greater impact upon the Hispanic community compared to non-Hispanic communities. Social Identity Theory provides a means for understanding 'why' social movements form, while Resource Mobilization Theory provides insight into 'how' movements are created. The potential for radicalization also is examined to determine whether violent movements can develop from otherwise nonviolent movements or communities. Despite the disparities and significant pressures they have to withstand, the thesis concludes that there are no current threats of terrorism or insurgency within the Southwest Hispanic Community. The adoption of omnicultural policies can further reduce the potential for such threats to surface.
Keywords Communities
Economic status
English language
Group dynamics
Hispanic community
Hispanic identity
Homeland security
Illegal immigrants
Immigration control
Immigration enforcement
Immigration policies
Language usage
Law enforcement
Political influence
Resource mobilization theory
Social identity theory
Sociocultural status
Southwest border
Spanish language
Threat evaluation
United states

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of National Security Affairs.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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