Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Hispanic Studies

Second Department

Chicano Studies

Reader 1

Martha Gonzalez

Reader 2

Rita Alcalá

Reader 3

Marina Pérez de Mendiola

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This thesis is an analytical case study of three music videos, "Pa'l Norte" by Calle 13, "Sueño Americano" by Los Rakas, and "Ice El Hielo" by La Santa Cecilia. It explores the visual and lyric narratives of these works and their role in critiquing anti-immigration rhetoric towards Latino immigrants in the United States in a post-9/11 context. Through critical analysis, this thesis argues that their work is vital in dismantling the dehumanizing and criminalizing language prevalent in legal and popular discourse, as well as challenging the manifestations of everyday "illegality."