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The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity

Tom K. Wong


Why do legislators in Congress do what they do when it comes to voting on immigration policy? The Politics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the United States argues that contemporary immigration politics is defined by three core features: the entrenchment of partisan divides over the issue of immigration, demographic changes that are reshaping the electorate, and how these changes are creating new opportunities to define what it means to be an American in a period of unprecedented national origins, racial and ethnic, and cultural diversity. It analyzes more than 30,000 votes in the House ... More

Keywords: immigration policy, immigration politics, partisanship, demographic change, American identity, comprehensive immigration reform, legal admissions, border security, immigration enforcement, H.R. 4437

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190235307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190235307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom K. Wong, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC-San Diego