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By Jane Junn, Kerry L. Haynie

Overseas migration to the U.S. is dramatically changing the demographic profile of the yank citizens. approximately a 3rd of all american citizens are of non-white and non-European descent. Latinos and Hispanics have lately eclipsed African american citizens because the biggest minority staff within the usa. among 1990 and 2000, Asians doubled the dimensions in their inhabitants to greater than four percentage of american citizens. although immigration has altered the racial and ethnic composition of each kingdom within the state, unusually little is understood in regards to the effects of this new heterogeneity for American politics. This e-book explores the influence and political results of immigration. After contemplating the companies that mobilize new electorate to politics, the authors research the political psychology of crew awareness for political mobilization. ultimately, they give thought to the rising styles and offerings of recent citizens.

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Politicians thus are faced with some uncertainty – anathema to campaign strategists – in dealing with the votes of these new groups. Rather than groups of voters with a history of registration, consistent voting patterns, and predictable preferences, politicians and parties now contend with new voters who have neither crystallized political preferences nor strong partisan affiliations. At the national level, political parties are not silent on either questions of interest to immigrants and new citizens or on issues of immigration and citizenship.

Wilson (1980) argued that the salience of race among African Americans would diminish with the decline of racial discrimination on the assumption that, as the life prospects of African Americans became more dependent on their economic status, their attitudes would be guided less by racial considerations and more by social class concerns. Dawson (1994), however, found that identification with racial group interests was not weaker among higher status African Americans. On the contrary, income and education were positively correlated with the feeling among African Americans that they shared a common fate with other blacks.

S. Current Population Survey data on naturalization patterns in the United States, along with data from a case study of Syracuse, New York, that includes interviews with local political officials. A central theoretical argument of the chapter is that political and institutional contexts have substantial importance for the pace and contours of immigrant political incorporation. Although becoming a naturalized citizen and voting in elections – the two most common indicators of political incorporation – are clearly influenced by individual-level factors such as socioeconomic resources, political institutions responding to their own strategic imperatives have a powerful influence in structuring the opportunities and costs of political activity for immigrants.

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