Pastor Jr., Manuel; Marcelli, Enrico
June 2003
Review of Black Political Economy;Summer/Fall2003, Vol. 31 Issue 1/2, p125
Academic Journal
This paper asks whether the "rainbow" coalition position of many black leaders with respect to immigration restrictions is counter to the broad aims of improving the lot of African Americans in the United States. It begins with an examination of the economic effects of immigration, presenting original estimates of the size and location of the unauthorized Mexican immigrant labor force in California. The evidence that this labor force directly competes with African Americans is mixed. The paper uses the results of a regression analysis of black attitudes towards Latino immigrants to argue that African Americans see immigrants as potential political allies.


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