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Lobbying for InclusionRights Politics and the Making of Immigration Policy$
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Carolyn Wong

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751759

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751759.001.0001

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Legal and Illegal Immigration Reform

Legal and Illegal Immigration Reform

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(p.95) Chapter 5 Legal and Illegal Immigration Reform
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Lobbying for Inclusion
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751759.003.0005

This chapter first examines the legislative strategies employed by ethnic rights groups and other interest groups to obtain their favored policy in contests over legal- and illegal-immigration reform during the 1980s. Two specific legislative cases are analyzed: passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; and passage of the Immigration Act of 1990. The second part of the chapter tests several hypotheses for predicting a legislator's vote on immigration issues by characteristics of the legislator's constituents and district. Controlling for the lawmaker's party membership and ideology, the most consistent predictor of a House member's vote on immigration policy, is the size of foreign-born or ethnic populations in his or her district. With few exceptions, the larger those populations, the more likely lawmakers are to respond to them.

Keywords:   legislative strategies, ethnic rights groups, interest groups, immigration policy, immigration law, Immigration Reform, Immigration Act

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