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Who Should Be Provided with Pathways toward Citizenship? White and Black Attitudes toward Undocumented Immigrants

Who Should Be Provided with Pathways toward Citizenship? White and Black Attitudes toward... Existing studies on attitudes towards immigrants center White public opinion and do not account for the diversity within the immigrant population. I seek to fill these gaps by testing how an undocumented immigrant’s country-of-origin shapes immigrant attitudes among White and Black Americans. Through an experimental survey to 180 Black and 694 White Amazon Mechanical Turk users, I find that White respondents had significantly negative reactions to Nigerian undocumented immigrants relative to Germans, South Koreans, and Mexicans. Yet, this negative sentiment dissipated once the model controlled for cultural similarity. The results demonstrate that cultural attitudes mediate White attitudes towards immigrants, citizenship, and belonging. This study adds to the literature on White and Black attitudes towards immigrants and highlights the enduring role of racialization in influencing both legal and ascriptive notions of citizenship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

Who Should Be Provided with Pathways toward Citizenship? White and Black Attitudes toward Undocumented Immigrants

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity , Volume 9 (1): 18 – Jan 1, 2023

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© American Sociological Association 2022
ISSN
2332-6492
eISSN
2332-6506
DOI
10.1177/23326492221125116
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Abstract

Existing studies on attitudes towards immigrants center White public opinion and do not account for the diversity within the immigrant population. I seek to fill these gaps by testing how an undocumented immigrant’s country-of-origin shapes immigrant attitudes among White and Black Americans. Through an experimental survey to 180 Black and 694 White Amazon Mechanical Turk users, I find that White respondents had significantly negative reactions to Nigerian undocumented immigrants relative to Germans, South Koreans, and Mexicans. Yet, this negative sentiment dissipated once the model controlled for cultural similarity. The results demonstrate that cultural attitudes mediate White attitudes towards immigrants, citizenship, and belonging. This study adds to the literature on White and Black attitudes towards immigrants and highlights the enduring role of racialization in influencing both legal and ascriptive notions of citizenship.

Journal

Sociology of Race and EthnicitySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2023

Keywords: race; citizenship; American public opinion; survey experiment

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