New York’s Immigration Silence

I don’t have a really good explanation for this, but it’s striking that New York City hasn’t seen one of the massive immigration demonstrations that have swept Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

People who follow these things say that New York’s immigration politics are simply different: More fragnmented, fewer Mexicans, a Hispanic politics dominated by Puerto Ricans, who are citizens.

We’ll see if this changes Saturday, when Ruben Diaz, Sr. plans to lead a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Historically, one analyst points out, the Hispanic church has not engaged in this kind of mass politics; that could be changing too, though.