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The Republican Party and Immigration Politics: From Proposition 187 to George W. Bush

Wroe, Andrew (2008) The Republican Party and Immigration Politics: From Proposition 187 to George W. Bush. Studies of the Americas . Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States, 304 pp. ISBN 978-0-230-60053-9. (KAR id:8200)


This book tells the story of the Republican Party’s flirtation with immigration politics over the last two decades. In the 1990s the party was closely associated with an anti-immigration discourse and especially Proposition 187, a high-profile California initiative to bar illegal immigrants from public services. The selection of George W. Bush as the party’s presidential nominee, however, represented a new direction as leading strategists sought to appeal to the increasingly influential Latino electorate by pushing pro-immigration policies, including the legalization of over ten million illegal immigrants. That Bush’s liberal reform agenda was ultimately dashed by conservative Republican hardliners demonstrates the party has not yet resolved the ideological and political tensions wrought by this most contentious of issues.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Republican Party, Proposition 187, Immigration, Illegal Immigration, George W. Bush
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Andrew Wroe
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008 12:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:19 UTC
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