But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: American History, Racial Theory, and the Politics of “Whiteness”

It’s the summer of 2014, and the nationwide debate over immigration is on the news again. President Barack Obama, reelected in 2012, thanks in large part to overwhelming support from Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans, knows time is running out on his major campaign promise of comprehensive reform. Fed up with Congressional gridlock, he has pledged unilateral executive action to streamline the immigration process, which would allow more undocumented families to come out of the shadows. But this is an election year, and if enough angry white conservatives are driven to the polls, the Senate will fall into Republican hands – the same Senate that passed a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”) bill only one year earlier.