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Will Immigration Spark a White Backlash in America?

July 31, 2014, Marisa Abrajano

Immigration has transformed the racial makeup of the United States, with immigrants and their children now representing fully one in four Americans and Latinos displacing African Americans as the nation’s largest racial and ethnic group. In this paper based on Marisa Abrajano's new book,White Backlash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics, she posits that the reaction of the shrinking white majority could produce a political backlash against the growing Latino minority, potentially burdening Latinos for years to come with further anti-immigrant laws and regulations.

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