Research in Political Science

Path-to-Citizenship or Deportation? How Elite Cues Shaped Opinion on Immigration in the 2010 U.S. House Elections

by Bradford S. Jones and Danielle Joesten Martin (California State University, Sacramento)

The ascendency of immigration as an issue in elections has been concomitant with massive increases in the Hispanic population in the U.S. We examine how immigration cues prompt greater or lesser levels of restrictionist sentiment among individuals, showing demographic context conditions the effect of candidates cues. Using data from the 2010 U.S. House elections, we illustrate cues presented in new destination states—states with massive increases in the size of the Hispanic population from 1990 to 2010—have a larger impact on individuals’ immigration preferences than cues presented in non-new destination contexts. We show candidates with more extreme immigration positions are more likely to prioritize the issue of immigration in their campaigns, suggesting campaign prioritization of immigration has a directional cue. We conclude these directional cues from Republican candidates in new destination contexts move individual attitudes toward restrictionist preferences.

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Voluntary International Migration

Money, Jeannette, and Timothy W. Taylor (Wheaton College)

The research on international migration is so broad and interdisciplinary that there are few books providing a general overview of the field. In the Textbook section, three suggested readings are given. The Resources section lists edited volumes that bring together scholars from the various disciplines that have migration as a central research issue to discuss both the problems and prospects for interdisciplinary research.

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All Along the Watchtower: Acculturation Fear, Anti-Latino Affect, and Immigration

Jones, Bradford, Regina Branton (University of North Texas), Erin C. Cassese (West Virginia University), and Chad Westerland (University of Arizona)

In this article, we consider how the factors driving Anglo attitudes toward immigration changed in the post-9/11era. We argue that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the immigration issue became nationalized, framed in a threat context. In this context, acculturation fear and anti-Latino sentiment are strong predictors of restrictionist sentiment; in the pre-9/11 period, these factors have little substantive impact on Anglo attitudes.

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