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Clark, April K.

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Political Science


Legislative behavior and intergroup relations have had a significant impact on comprehensive immigration policy. In recent years, immigration policy has taken the world stage and now immigration legislation has had more media coverage and dialogue in Congress. In order to obtain current sentiment in Washington DC I traveled there during Spring Break to talk to some old colleagues. I gathered data from recent studies and statistics from polls. My findings were that groups themselves have a large impact on immigration legislation as a whole through lobbying efforts and future elections for members of Congress. Lack of action on comprehensive immigration legislation has large negative effects on human rights and the overall economy. The significance of this work is debunking the many myths surrounding undocumented folks. If the undocumented community could vote, they would have accurate representation in Congress. If the undocumented population were to have more representation in Congress, elected officials would have more support to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Members of Congress stall in progress in immigration legislation because of their constituency and their personal beliefs. Politics gets in the way because Democrats don’t want to five Republicans the credit for passing comprehensive immigration reform and vice versa.


9 pages




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