This thesis explores the theory that under high levels of immigration the president will respond by implementing restrictive measures. I theorize that under the condition of high immigration levels if the president depicts immigration as a security threat then restrictive measures will be implemented. There have been many works by scholars that have been able to present a theoretical framework that emphasizes a connection between immigration, presidential power, and the emergence of immigration as a security issue. Based on this theoretical framework, this study will examine, in terms of migration levels, the relationship between the presidents’ depiction of immigration and the policies implemented through a series of case studies. This IS will end with a concluding chapter, synthesizing the findings from the case studies, and presenting suggestions for future research on this topic.


John Valdez


Political Science

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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