My book manuscript tentatively titled, Moral and Immoral Whiteness in Immigration Politics, asks, how does white identity influence immigration policy preferences and do predispositions mitigate the influence of white identity? Does identity politics explain the behavior of the subset of whites who prefer more progressive immigration policies? Does white identification with whiteness always signify a commitment to maintaining the racial status quo or can it result in commitments to racial justice? How do we understand the passage of state-level sanctuary and anti-sanctuary immigration legislation through a white identity politics lens?
The book examines the effects of white racial identity on immigration policy preferences among second and third generation white Americans from 2000 to 2018, including preferences in federal-local immigration enforcement programs, federal immigration policy, and legal immigration restrictions.