(When) Race Matters: The Effect of Immigrant Race and Place on Support for Anti-Immigration Laws

21 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2014 Last revised: 2 Oct 2014

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L. Jason Anastasopoulos

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); University of California, Berkeley - Center for the Study of Law and Society

Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

Does racial threat motivate support for anti-immigration laws? I answer this question by manipulating the skin-tone and geographical proximity to American citizens of a fictional undocumented Mexican immigrant. I find that when respondents are exposed to a non-Caucasian immigrant, support for anti-immigration laws increases relative to an otherwise identical Caucasian immigrant. These reactions to the immigrant's skin-tone are observed only when respondents believe that the immigrant resides in their city and state, suggesting that geographical proximity triggers racial threat.

Keywords: survey experiment, illegal immigration, undocumented immigration, race, racial threat

Suggested Citation

Anastasopoulos, L. Jason, (When) Race Matters: The Effect of Immigrant Race and Place on Support for Anti-Immigration Laws (October 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462349 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2462349

L. Jason Anastasopoulos (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Center for the Study of Law and Society ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720-2150
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