Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Evan Renfro, Honors Thesis Advisor
Latin American--Emigration and immigration--Public opinion; United States--Emigration and immigration--Government policy;
Through this analysis, I hope to shed light on how public perceptions of Latin American immigrants can impact United States immigration policy, and likewise, how changes in United States immigration policy can alter how Americans view Latin American immigrants. My findings may provide some explanation for how we have arrived in the state we are in today, with a president who has pledged to build a wall between ourselves and our southern neighbor, even going so far as to declare a national emergency at the border; a deadlocked Congress unable to pass any sort of protections for Dreamers, despite bipartisan support; and with some people with so much hatred for Latin American immigrants that they would go so far as to drive across the country to murder them in a grocery store (Romero et al. 2019).
Year of Submission
Department of Political Science
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2020 Erin Thomason
Thomason, Erin, ""Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free": A case study analysis of U.S. immigration policy and public perceptions of Latin American immigrants" (2020). Honors Program Theses. 421.