Local ethnic context and the immigration debate

My Ph.D. dissertation advisor, Rene Rocha at the University of Iowa, recently contributed a post to the “Latino Decisions” blog. The post includes a more detailed summary of a study that I contributed to, which I briefly wrote about back in February. The study examines the effect of local ethnic context on immigration policy attitudes of people in Texas. I’ll re-post my summary from February:

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.

Dr. Rocha’s more detailed write-up is available here:


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