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Elections, Race & Ethnicity, Unit 3

Immigration

Immigration is a key ‘wedge issue’ in US politics and has been receiving a lot of coverage in the American press recently.

Obama’s announcement to suspend deportations of illegal migrants under 30 who contribute to US society is seen by many as a ploy to win over key Latino voters in 2012.

Coverage of his decision can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-will-stop-deporting-some-illegal-immigrants-who-came-here-as-children/2012/06/15/gJQANBbseV_story.html?wp_login_redirect=0  while The Washington Post ‘The Fix’ Blog assesses its motivations: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/president-obama-made-a-political-decision-on-immigration-so-what/2012/06/17/gJQAh0RCkV_blog.html

SCOTUS is due to rule on Arizona’s controversial SB1070 later this month- but in the meantime the Washington Post looks at similar laws in Alabama which make it illegal for illegal migrants to sign a contract, pay a utility bill or buy a house. The economic consequences to agriculture and meat processing are clearly detrimental.

http://http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/alabama-law-drives-out-illegal-immigrants-but-also-has-unexpected-consequences/2012/06/17/gJQA3Rm0jV_story.html?hpid=z1

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