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Homeland Security and Support for Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Omniculturalism: Policies among Americans

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Moghaddam, Fathali M.
Breckenridge, James N.
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2010-09-00
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2010-09
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Center for Homeland Defense and Security
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en_US
Abstract
This article presents data suggesting that Americans' views of policies toward immigrants are pertinent to matters of homeland security. 'Homeland' is a concept shaped partly by how people psychologically differentiate 'citizen' from 'immigrant.' The differentiation of these categories is critical to individuals' political and social identity. Homeland security scholars are unlikely to be aware, however, of this country's substantial majority preference for an alternative to the traditional, yet deeply divided, incompatible policies of assimilation and accommodation. Moreover, the publics' appraisal of the threat of terrorism, the priority they assign to homeland security institutions, their trust and confidence in homeland security organizations, and their support for counter-terrorism measures are linked to their immigration policy preference even after accounting for their race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Homeland security professionals would do well to consider the potential implications of these preferences.
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This article appeared in Homeland Security Affairs (September 2010), v.6 no.3
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Homeland Security Affairs (September 2010), v.6 no.3
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