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Undocumented Immigrants in a Polarized Nation

Undocumented Immigrants in a Polarized Nation.

By Daniel J. Tichenor, Ph.D.
Knight Chair of Political Science, University of Oregon

In this paper, the author examines past attempts at immigration reform in the United States, especially as they pertain to the nation’s undocumented population. Analyzing these early reform efforts could be deeply instructive for the prospects of President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act and reveals both durable patterns and new developments that could shape the chances for legislative breakthroughs.