The Solidarity Hypothesis and the Role of Immigration in the Future of the Social Welfare State
with Larry Nakerud, School of Social Work
Dramatic demographic changes/trends, as a function of the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (i.e., The Brothers and Sisters Act), and the dropping of the discriminatory “national origins” policy gave rise to three unintended consequences: 1. a decline in the solidarity of the U.S. overall population, 2. a weakening in the perceived veracity of the social welfare system, and 3. a platform of bigotry and resentment that allowed Mr. Donald Trump to become a major candidate for the Presidency of the United States. The Solidarity Hypothesis is meant to capture the idea that as population homogeneity, based on racial, ethnic, nationality identities, diminished and immigration policy came to be viewed as problematic the result was twofold: a faltering in the sense of solidarity in the United States and a weakening of support for the social welfare system. This allowed Mr. Donald Trump’s campaign to flourish.
The PORTAL immigration forum is a series of brown bag lunch presentations around immigration from multiple disciplines during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each session will feature faculty from UGA and LACSI presenting their research or service and then leading a discussion about their topics.