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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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    Today, committees have lost much of their autonomy to party leaders. As a result, investigations are often used in periods of divided government as a partisan tool to club the administration and its supporters. More often than not, committee investigations become arenas for majority party “message politics” — contests designed to score political points rather than to identify problems or to generate solutions that can garner bipartisan support. The higher the partisanship in Congress, the lower its committees seem to fall.

    May 9, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, New York Times
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    Why Congress is Failing Us

    April 26, 2013, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

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    Sadly, divided party government, which we have because of the Republican House, in a time of extreme partisan polarization, is a formula for inaction and absolutist opposition politics, not for problem solving.

    April 26, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, Moyers & Company
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    March 6, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, U.S. News & World Report
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    February 11, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, The Daily Beast
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    November 28, 2012, E.J. Dionne, Jr., New Haven Register
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    November 17, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, Washington Post
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    November 14, 2012, William A. Galston, The Daily Beast
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    November 14, 2012, Jonathan Rauch, The Madison Times

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