Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Sociology and Anthropology
Second Department or Program
This paper examines the relationship between US immigration policy and immigration experience through a constructivist perspective in order to gain a more complete understanding of the implications of this relationship. I analyze US immigration policy through a constructivist international relations perspective to provide an understanding of how the US has historically represented itself and how US norms, values, and interests change over time. My research shows that constructivism is the best international relations approach to explain how the domestic experiences of immigrants affect and are affected by US immigration policy because all aspects of international and domestic experiences are shaped by the social construction of reality. To further explore the relationship between immigration policy and lived experience, I present the case study of contemporary Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans who reside in the Chicagoland area as evidence of the reciprocal relationship between US immigration policy and racialized immigration experiences.
Ledvora, Lisa, "The Reciprocal Relationship between Immigration Policy and the Immigrant Experience in the United States" (2016). Senior Theses.