May 18th, 2010

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Interesting Demographic Split On Immigration

According to this NYT piece, those over 45 are much more likely to agree with the Arizona immigration law than those under 40. The article hypothesizes that this is a result of two factors. First, those coming of age in the period between WWII and 1970 experienced the lowest rate of immigration, and therefore the most homogeneous society in U.S. history (I would it was also racially segregated, and that urban planning acted to re-enforce segregation). The article also cites the fact that the younger generation is more likely to have lived in cities rather than suburbs, and therefore are more likely to have been exposed to immigrant communities.