Volume 12

Reaction to: Immigration Policy as a Defense of White Nationhood

by Jeremy Penn

Professor Perea’s Article lays out three central arguments. First, white national identity has underpinned United States legal history since the country’s founding. Second, whites have repeatedly used immigration and naturalization law against Mexicans and Mexican Americans to reinforce the white national identity of the United States. Third, whites across the political spectrum are largely in favor of this cyclical violence. Professor Perea is correct in his assertions, but there are two central organizing principles that require clarification for Professor Perea’s points to illuminate this legal shadow properly.

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