How accents influence the immigration debate

When native-born Americans talk about immigration, language differences quickly come to the fore. …

In one set of experiments, researchers Van C. Tran, Abigail Fisher Williamson and I show that people who are exposed to just a single line of Spanish in a survey or exit poll can become more anti-immigration, especially if they encounter the language frequently in their daily lives. … In another set of experiments, Todd Hartman, Benjamin Newman, and Charles Taber show that when a chatroom partner happens to mix English and Spanish, participants’ sense of cultural threat grows. [cont.]

Dan Hopkins, Georgetown U. (Washington Post)