This comprehensive analysis of presidential immigration rhetoric quantifies the frequency, tone, and efficacy of public mentions of immigrants and immigration policy by the presidents from Washington through Biden.

The book also explores the intersection of the presidential role with that of the other key actors in the immigration policy system—notably the press, the public, and Congress.

For students of immigration studies, presidential studies, and political communication, this book also poses the question of which is of the greatest significance to the immigration policy agenda: presidential leadership making immigration a top priority or existing legislative support for comprehensive immigration reform.

chapter 1|26 pages

The Presidency and Immigration Rhetoric

chapter 3|36 pages

Presidential Attention to Immigration

chapter 8|22 pages