The Two-Way Street of Acculturation, Discrimination, and Latino Immigration Restrictionism

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Existing research concludes that acculturation converges Latino immigration policy views with those of Anglo-Americans. Yet, polls show few Latinos support restricting immigration. This article reconciles these statements with theory and evidence. I argue acculturation is part of a broader give-and-take process, the two-way street in which the contrast between expected and perceived treatment by the receiving community shapes whether or not Latino acculturation leads to restrictionism and “convergence” with Anglos. Regression analysis of survey data shows that perceived group discrimination, but not perceived individual discrimination or Latino within-group discrimination, moderates the link between acculturation and support for restrictive policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)889-904
Number of pages16
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 20 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Latino
  • acculturation
  • attitudes
  • discrimination
  • immigration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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