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Aliens and People of Color: The Multidimensional Relationship of Immigration Policy and Racial Classification in the United States

Alexandra Filindra and Jane Junn

in Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195337228
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195337228.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Aliens and People of Color: The Multidimensional Relationship of Immigration Policy and Racial Classification in the United States

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This article analyzes U.S. immigration policy as both a dependent and an independent variable in the politics of race and ethnicity. It argues that immigration policies at all levels of government have often been the direct result of racial considerations designed to support the American racial stratification system; have important influence on the context of immigrant reception and its connection to how immigrant and minority groups experience politics; and have influenced the social construction of various immigrant groups and the formation of racial and ethnic identities.

Keywords: immigration policy; race; ethnicity; American racial stratification; minority groups; racial identity; ethnic identity

Article.  12326 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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