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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Reader 1

Katja Favretto

Reader 2

Paul Hurley

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2019 Claire C Torza


While discussions over immigration appear to be especially prevalent today, these discussions and surrounding questions have existed since the founding of all political states. Despite being in existence for a great deal of time, a coherent and consistent approach to immigration appears to be nearly impossible to find. How should a liberal democratic state discuss and approach immigration and what considerations should they take into account when addressing such an issue? In this paper I follow the condensed histories of Germany and the United States as they have attempted to grapple with immigration. As two countries whose immigration policies have often greatly contrasted with one another, a comparison of the two is able to shed light on where immigration policy has historically gone wrong and how these ramifications are still being seen in their societies today.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.