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Understanding Americans' Attitudes Toward Latino And Asian Immigration, Betina Cutaia Wilkinson Jan 2007

Understanding Americans' Attitudes Toward Latino And Asian Immigration, Betina Cutaia Wilkinson

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the determinants of Americans’ attitudes toward immigration. I develop a measure of general support for immigration based on individuals’ responses to four immigration items: (1) support for increases in (legal) immigration; (2) feeling thermometer scores for illegal immigrants; (3) support for spending on border security to prevent illegal immigration; and (4) having “controlling illegal immigration” as a foreign policy goal. These items load on a single factor and permit us to generate a global pro-immigration scale that reflects Americans’ general views toward immigration. Further, I develop a comprehensive model of immigration attitudes ...