February 23 - American Immigration Politics and Policy - Origins and Development

February 23 - American Immigration Politics and Policy - Origins and Development

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Political Science 201 American Government February 23, 2007 February 23 - American Immigration Politics and Policy - Origins and Development An Immigration Primer: Starting Points o Elite versus mass opinion on immigration Most Americans are opposed to mass immigration, especially in its present state People are uncomfortable with the shift in the demographics of immigration People immigrating from non-traditional countries Elites usually are more sympathetic to immigration than the poor Economists say that immigrants are beneficial to the economy, but only by a very small margin. o Immigrants and Four Ideological Traditions Cosmopolitans People who believe alien rights should be expansive and immigrant admissions should be expanded or maintained Ex. Thomas Paine, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Adams, John F. Kennedy Classic Exclusionists People who believe alien rights should be restricted and immigrant admissions should be restricted Ex. Agrippa (antifederalist), Henry Cabot Lodge Free-Market Expansionists People who believe alien rights should be restricted and
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course POLISCI 201 taught by Professor Tichenor during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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