Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation. Book Review

Author
George Hawley
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
134
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2019
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Survey data consistently show that large swaths of the American electorate favor restrictionist immigration policies. Politicians at the state and national levels regularly campaign on promises to crack down on undocumented immigration and discuss immigrants as a source of crime and a drain on resources. They are often rewarded at the ballot box for doing so. Yet these facts coexist with another trend: relatively few municipal governments pursue restrictionist policies at the local level. In fact, even in places where the GOP dominates, policies that accommodate immigrants are more common than policies designed to drive them away.
Topic
International Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus