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Wrestling with 9/11: Immigrant Perceptions and Perceptions of Immigrants

Caroline Brettell


Soon after 9/11 a research project to study new immigration into the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area got under way. In the questionnaire that was administered to 600 immigrants across five different immigrant populations (Asian Indians, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Nigerians) between 2003 and 2005 we decided to include a question about the impact of 9/11 on their lives. We asked: How has the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 affected your position as an immigrant in the United States? This article analyzes the responses to this question, looking at similarities and differences across different immigrant populations. It also addresses the broader issue of how 9/11 has affected both immigration policy and attitudes toward the foreign-born in the United States.


9/11; United States; Dallas

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