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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Shafer, Byron / Disalvo, Daniel

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Defining the Circle of We: American Identity and Immigration Policy

Jack Citrin1 / Matthew Wright2

1University of California, Berkeley

2University of California, Berkeley

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 7, Issue 3, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1319, October 2009

Publication History

Published Online:
2009-10-12

This article analyzes survey data that establishes a connection between how ordinary citizens conceive of American identity and their preferences for immigration policy. The distinction between ethnocultural and liberal images of America matters for public preferences about how many and what kind of immigrants should enter the United States.

Keywords: American identity; immigration; cultural threat

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