I recently co-authored a research article that has just been published in Social Science Quarterly. It examines the effect of ethnic context on immigration policy attitudes. The bottom-line finding is that living around lots of other Latino-Americans tends to lead other Latinos to adopt more immigrant-friendly policy preferences, where it leads whites to adopt more punitive, “hard-line” policy preferences. How you feel about immigration politics depends in part upon where you happen to live.
The abstract is available here:
N.B. I was invited to work on this project my second year in graduate school, and the manuscript is just barely seeing the light of day. Life moves at a snail’s pace in academia, which is why we have 5-6 years to build up a tenure portfolio!