Chicano Immigrant Studies: The Hanigan Case Case Study

Chicano Immigrant Studies: The Hanigan Case
An overview of the Hanigan Case of 1976 and its relevance to transborder studies.
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"The Hanigan Case of 1976 has an enormous part in dealing with the studies of Transborder Societies due to the basic human civil rights of immigrants. This case revealed the relations amongst people along the border regions of the United States of America and Mexico. One of the biggest concerns to come out of this case was that the fact that the Supreme Court explained that undocumented workers do not have rights to violate. This not only goes against the morals of our government in the United States but also against the basic morals that human beings should have as a whole.
"The Chicano Research Collection houses an abundance of archived inventory from Antonio Bustamante's case notes, newspaper articles, interviews, photographs, and other various materials pertaining to the Hanigan Case which occurred in 1976. Bustamante was proficient in his studies of immigration, criminal, family, and civil laws. He encouraged support of human rights issues and had been persistently active in issues toward Chicanos and immigrants.
"On August 18th, 1976, three Mexican men who had crossed from borders from Mexico into the United States of America were brutally tortured by racist, white ranchers down in Douglas, Arizona. The torturing consisted of robbing, beating, hanging, burning, branding, and even shooting the farmworkers. The only offence that was committed by the Mexican men was the illegal crossing of the border, which is considered a misdemeanor. The next five years the incident had been drawn attention to internationally up until the trials of the ranchers were put to an end.
"The Hanigan family was a wealthy, white family of ranchers that included George Hanigan, and his two sons Patrick and Thomas Hanigan. The victims involved in the torturing were Manuel Garcia Loya, Bernabe Herrera, and Eleazar Ruelas Zavala. Several people in the state of Arizona sided for the Hanigans and dismissed the allegations of torture and ruled out that their neighbors simply had tried to protect their property. On the other hand, civil rights groups consisting of Mexican Americans, government officials of both America and Mexico, and immigrant rights supporters treated the situation as proof of the abuse of immigrants."

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