More on Immigration and Politics
Last summer I wrote on essay on the history of American immigration policy, MUSE Spotlight on Immigration. We’ve heard plenty from our presidential candidates on the topic in the past year. Almost all of these comments have represented the viewpoints of current non-immigrants. The current issue of Open Access journal RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, v. 2, no. 3 (June 2016), lets current immigrants speak for themselves. The editors, James A. McCann and Michael Jones-Correa, have collected articles on the theme, “Immigrants Inside Politics/Outside Citizenship”. The authors use data from the 2012 Latino Immigrant National Election Study (LINES) to tell us how these immigrants are involved in the American political process.
Here’s a summary of a few of the articles included in this issue:
Katharine M. Donato and Samantha L. Perez, “A Different Hue of the Gender Gap: Latino Immigrants and Political Conservatism in the United States”, reports on both differences in political views of Latino men and women and whether or not these views change with longer residence in the United States.
How does religion affect the political engagement of Latino immigrants? David L. Leal, Jerod Patterson, and Joe R. Tafoya, “Religion and the Political Engagement of Latino Immigrants: Bridging Capital or Segmented Religious Assimilation?”, explores religious belongings, beliefs, and behaviors in association with civic and political engagement.
American political candidates are covered by reporters from Spanish language media, as well as the mainstream English language press. How does that affect Latino immigrants? Sergio I. Garcia-Rios and Matt A. Barreto, “Politicized Immigrant Identity, Spanish-Language Media, and Political Mobilization in 2012”, describes how coverage of immigration reform in 2011 and 2012 led to “greater political participation and civic engagement”.
Do they vote? How do they identify with American political parties? Michael S. Lewis-Beck and Mary Stegmaier, “The Hispanic Immigrant Voter and the Classic American Voter: Presidential Support in the 2012 Election”, examines whether or not Latino political preferences can be explained in the same way as preferences of native-born Americans.
I read both about the greater partisanship of our political parties and the growth of independents who don’t identify with either major political party. How partisan are Latinos? David O. Sears, Felix Danbold, and Vanessa M. Zavala, “Incorporation of Latino Immigrants into the American Party System”, report on Latino incorporation into the American political parties.
You’ve probably heard a lot in recent years about immigration politics in the United States. Here’s a chance to read about how one prominent immigrant group, Latinos, develops a political identity and participates in the American political process.