We choose the convention of listing ourselves alphabetically by last name. We claim equal credit and accept equal responsibility for the contents of our collaboration. We would like to thank participants at the 2008 State Politics and Policy Conference and the three anonymous reviewers for their comments and valuable suggestions.
Analysing US State Legislative Resolutions on Immigrants and Immigration: The Role of Immigration Federalism***
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. International Migration © 2011 IOM
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 33–50, August 2012
How to Cite
Filindra, A. and Kovács, M. (2012), Analysing US State Legislative Resolutions on Immigrants and Immigration: The Role of Immigration Federalism. International Migration, 50: 33–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00658.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2011
Immigration in the United States is traditionally thought of as a federal-level policy, but in recent years, states have been exceedingly active in this domain. We analyse the context and discourse of immigration-related legislative resolutions from Southern border-states, recipients of the heaviest immigration flows, and find that states do not respond in the same way to immigration challenges, and these differences occur over time and space. Some states seek to federalize the issue and push Congress to take action, while others are slowly incorporating immigrants into domestic politics and have begun to treat them as yet another state constituency. These findings have significant implications both for federal-state relations in the immigration realm, and for immigrants themselves.