Founded and built by immigrants, the U.S. has a complicated relationship with newcomers. How have politics shaped and been affected by U.S. immigration policy and the policymaking process? How and when do changing demographics affect the public’s views about immigrants? What role do cultural concerns play? Do immigrants conform to nativist fears? How do members of Congress vote on immigration policy, and do they follow their constituents’ preferences? How is immigration policy used in elections; with what consequences? We will tackle these and related questions about immigration politics and policymaking by examining published research and applying it to Congressional representation on the issue of immigration. Taught in 2016, 2018 and 2019; expected in 2020.