The Pull of the Parties for Immigrants in the United States
33 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2011 Last revised: 20 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 21, 2011
Immigrants in the United States frequently express a desire to return to their country of birth, an attitude that could undermine political acculturation and democratic inclusion in the American context. This mindset has been labeled an “ideology of return.” Drawing from original surveys of the Mexican-born population conducted during the 2006 and 2008 elections, we show that partisan competition during major national campaigns has the potential to pull immigrants towards U.S. civic life and make the prospect of remaining in the country over the long-term a more attractive option.
Keywords: immigration, immigrant political participation, ideology of return, field experiment
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