Immigration and the 2012 GOP candidates

latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immigration-politics-20110528,0,676131.story

Research on American immigration attitudes has shown that one of the primary sources of anti-immigration sentiments stems from “economic threat” – when people perceive the economy to be doing poorly they’re more likely to hold more restrictive immigration policy attitudes. This Los Angeles Times article, however, reports that many potential 2012 GOP candidates are presenting a less hard-line stand on immigration than their 2008 counterparts. I hope that this report is accurate and that this pattern continues throughout the campaign. 

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