An anti-immigration policy is bad for long-term electoral posturing according to experts
In a new research study conducted by the University of Georgia in Athens Department of Political Science assistant professor Jamie Monogan, which analyzed Texas and California’s 1994 gubernatorial election as case studies, Monogan found out that there are negative long-term effects of a party’s anti-immigration platforms on their electoral chances.
In this years’ presidential election, the Democrats tout a more inclusive position regarding this issue while the Republican Party reiterate the security issues of entrusting the inflow of non-natives into the country.
The 1994 gubernatorial elections in Texas and California divided the Republican Party from the growing Hispanic population, which Republican George Walker Bush tried to assuage by campaigning for pro-Hispanic policies and speaking a little Spanish. In California, Republican Peter Barton “Pete” Wilson mobilized millions of undocumented immigrants to win by a margin of over 14 percentage points.
Today, this kind of influence can be replicated, as immigration is expected to drive population growth in the United States over the coming years, Monogan said.
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