The Final Database of Anti-Immigrant Organizations, Part 2: An explanation of our data, methods, and coding mechanism

Each restrictionist website was then classified as pertaining to one or several types of groups. Organization Type 1 was Informational. The main objective of these groups was to educate the public about the destructive effects of immigrants and current U.S. immigration policy. Organization Type 2 was Advocacy. These groups focused on lobbying for political change directly and educating others on how to affect change at the local, state, and national levels. Organization Type 3 was titled Border Security. The primary objective of this type of group was to secure and provide constant surveillance of the U.S.-Mexico Border. Citizens’ groups or volunteer militias, such as Chris Simcox’s Minutemen, were the most common type of organization included in the Type 3 category. Organization Type 4 was Legal/Litigation. These groups focused on enforcing immigration laws exclusively through legal channels.

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The Final Database of Anti-Immigrant Organizations, Part 1: An explanation of our data, methods, and coding mechanism

            Our final data set includes 49 different restrictionist websites comprised of 41 individual organizations and 8 coalition groups. This blog will discuss Professor Sohoni and my data collection process, specifically focusing on (1) the selection criteria used to determine which anti-immigrant groups were included in our final database, (2) the basis of our analysis/evaluation of useful restrictionist websites, (3) the final coding mechanism used to classify the arguments posited by each organization, and, finally, (4) a summary of our multi-level approach to analyze the resultant data.

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