The topic of immigration has traditionally been associated with the federal government. However, in the last few years the American states have passed a substantial amount of legislation targeting non-citizens. Some pieces of legislation passed by the states have exposed immigrants to higher scrutiny than citizens, or prohibited undocumented aliens from receiving certain benefits. Conversely, other pieces of legislation have extended public benefits to non-citizens, both documented and undocumented. This paper examines state laws regarding immigration between 2009 and 2010. By rating state laws as either restrictive or liberalizing, it can be shown that most states have a clear tendency to either penalize or protect immigrants. Using an ordinary least squares regression it can be shown that as the Hispanic growth rate over the last ten years rose, state laws regarding immigration became more restrictive. Additionally, as the percent of the state's population possessing college degrees rises, the state's laws regarding immigrants become more liberalizing.
|Commitee:||Burrell, Barbara, Ward, Artemus|
|School:||Northern Illinois University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
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