Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters
Public Opinion on Illegal Immigration in the United States: Understanding the Xenophobic Sentiments towards Illegal Immigrants
Dr. Ann Gordon
Over the past 10 years, the topic of illegal immigration has divided Americans with the past three presidencies. This paper investigates the relationship between party ID,media exposure, education and religion with the views a person has on illegal immigration. Using the Chapman Survey of American Fears, I found a moderately strong relationship between an individual's party-identification and how much fear
they show towards the topic of illegal immigration throughout the United States. I found that media exposure and a person’s political identification correlates with their views on illegal immigration. Among the interesting findings, I can conclude that individuals with more media exposure will be more likely to fear immigration as well as individuals who identify as conservative. I also found that certain political
parties are more afraid of illegal immigration, data has reveled that republicans have higher rates of fearing the topic of immigration. Although the United States has been built on the contributions of immigrants, there continues to be a sense of hostility towards them. The hostility built around the topic of immigration has called into question the integrity of the democratic character seen throughout the United States.Interestingly, the hostility in the United States has diminished depending on the president and their stance on immigration.
Martinez, Alexandra, "Public Opinion on Illegal Immigration in the United States: Understanding the Xenophobic Sentiments towards Illegal Immigrants" (2022). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 550.
Presented at the Fall 2022 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.