Immigration and Race: New Challenges for American Democracy by Professor Gerald D. Jaynes

By Professor Gerald D. Jaynes

The genuine and power effect of immigration coverage judgements on African americans is profound. but coverage makers at the present time lack systematic wisdom of the most important social, political, and monetary matters when it comes to the formula of clever immigration rules, fees the editor of this publication. Gerald D. Jaynes argues that little is understood approximately very important questions concerning the relatives and attitudes among African american citizens and minority immigrant teams, the impression of contemporary immigration developments at the socioeconomic prestige of negative African american citizens, the comparative social positions of Asian americans and Latinos, and lots of different similar themes. during this publication, the editor and 13 different special individuals ponder how the large-scale inflow of immigrants lately has affected African American groups and racial and ethnic family. The insights approximately conflicts and pageant derived from the paintings of those authors are very important to those that formulate immigration policies--policies that without delay impact the overall healthiness of the deprived and certainly all Americans.

Contributors: Frank D. Bean, Bruce Cain, Thomas E. Cavanagh, Thomas J. Espenshade, Michael repair, Mark A. Fossett, John A. Garcia, Gerald D. Jaynes, Claire Jean Kim, Douglas S. Massey, Kyung Tae Park, Peter H. Schuck, Carole Uhlaner, and Wendy Zimmerman.

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Such active political participation may be reinforced by black and white politicians who are accustomed to thinking in terms of racial and ethnic categories and are impressed by growing blocks of voters. , the  census revealed that Asian Americans outnumber blacks in Fairfax County and Latinos outnumber blacks in Arlington. This growth in the numbers of Latino American and Asian groups has increased their political activity, and the political structures of many communities are responding to these conditions.

Given their high level of representation among lower-skilled and semiskilled workers and the fact that polling data taken during the s revealed that majorities of African American respondents associated immigration with detrimental labor market competition, it is not surpris- 39 40 Gerald D. Jaynes ing that there was very vocal black opposition to increased immigration. Moreover, such opposition was strengthened when a number of proponents of immigration used the argument that increased immigration was necessary to the economic competitiveness of the nation.

In this regard it is interesting that Bean and his co-authors report especially significant effects of Latino immigrants on the unemployment of African American males. In “Immigrants, Puerto Ricans, and the Earnings of Native Black Males” (Chapter ), Thomas J. Espenshade provides a direct test of this minority competition hypothesis by examining the disparate effects of “immigrants” and Puerto Rican–born men on the labor market status of black males in New Jersey. Puerto Rican migrants are a distinctive and self-identified minority group with strong internal social networks.

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