Immigration and the U.S. Liberal Welfare State: Why Mainstream Theories Fail to Explain Patterns of Immigration and Access to Political Mobilization

Vol. III, Perspectives on Immigration: History and Issues (LeMay, Ed., Praeger ABL-CIO, 2013)

23 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015

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Laura Vinson

Lewis & Clark College

Carla Reyes

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Welfare state policies and immigration policies are inseparable when considering the impact of the welfare state structure on issues of social cohesion and the inclusiveness of the nation-state. The inclusion or exclusion of particular social groups is critically shaped by not only their political rights, but also their entitlement to social assistance. States, for example, have restricted or expanded welfare benefits as a tool to (unsuccessfully) control migration flows. This chapter examines the convergence of these two policy domains - social welfare and immigration - in the United States, asking whether current theories fall short of conceptualizing immigrants' relationship to the welfare state.

Keywords: Immigration, social welfare, policy, political mobilization

Suggested Citation

Vinson, Laura and Reyes, Carla, Immigration and the U.S. Liberal Welfare State: Why Mainstream Theories Fail to Explain Patterns of Immigration and Access to Political Mobilization (2013). Vol. III, Perspectives on Immigration: History and Issues (LeMay, Ed., Praeger ABL-CIO, 2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652703

Laura Vinson

Lewis & Clark College ( email )

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Carla Reyes (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

HOME PAGE: https://www.smu.edu/Law/Faculty/Profiles/Reyes-Carla-L

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