Thursday Common Hour and Faculty Research Committee Lecture Series: Welcoming New Americans - Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation by Abigail Fisher Williamson

Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Hallden Hall - North Wing Dangremond Family Commons 104
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Ellen Hart
Dean of Faculty

In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency in part through promises to build a border wall and crack down on unauthorized immigration. On the local level, however, a national survey and in-depth examination of four cities demonstrate that municipal officials are far more likely to welcome than exclude immigrants. Municipal officials face distinct legal and economic incentives to welcome immigrants that the general public does not consistently share. Officials that wish to promote incorporation walk a fine line between setting a tone that welcomes immigrants and minimizing the potential for backlash from established residents.

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