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Debates on U.S. Immigration

Debates on U.S. Immigration

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October 2012 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This issues-based reference work (available in both print and electronic formats) shines a spotlight on immigration policy in the United States.

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants, yet while the lofty words enshrined with the Statue of Liberty stand as a source of national pride, the rhetoric and politics surrounding immigration policy all-too-often have proven far less lofty. In reality, the apparently open invitation of Lady Liberty seldom has been without restriction. Throughout our history, impassioned debates about the appropriate scope and nature of such restriction have emerged and mushroomed, among politicians, among scholars of public policy, among the general public.

In light of the need to keep students, researchers, and other interested readers informed and up-to-date on status of U.S. immigration policy, this volume uses introductory essays followed by pointunterpoint articles to explore prominent and perennially important debates, providing readers with views on multiple sides of this complex issue. While there are some brief works looking at debates on immigration, as well as some general A-to-Z encyclopedias, we offer more in-depth coverage of a much wider range of themes and issues, thus providing the only fully comprehensive pointunterpoint handbook tackling the issues that political science, history, and sociology majors are asked to explore and to write about as students and that they will grapple with later as policy makers and citizens.

Political Debates Introduction
Admission and Membership
Legal Immigration Selection System
Gender and Refugee Status
Naturalization Process
Legalization (Amnesty) for Unauthorized Immigrants
Birthright Citizenship
Immigrant Voting
Control and Enforcement
Federal Policy Versus Decentralized Policy
U.S. Border Control
Immigrant Detention and Deportation Under the Obama Administration
Arizona S.B. 1070
Drivers' Licenses
Economic, Labor, and Demographic Debates Introduction
Economic Impact
Cost to Taxpayers
Depression of Wages and Price Levels
Labor Market
H-1B Visas
Temporary Worker Programs
Secure ID Cards
Worksite Enforcement
Worksite Raids
Demographics and Environment
Population Growth
Environment and Immigration
Social and Cultural Debates Introduction
Family and Society
Family-Based Immigration
Cultural Assimilation
Social and Political Integration
Catholic Church and Immigration
Language and Education
English as Official Language
English Instruction in the Classroom
Higher Education and Immigration Status
Responses to Illegal Immigation
Racial Profiling
State and Local Law Enforcement
Use of the Term "Illegal Alien"
Appendix: Documents Highlighting Key Moments in U.S. Immigration History, 1924 to 2011

This well-balanced, thorough, well-organized book will be an excellent addition to any library collection.


Judith Gans

Judith Gans manages the immigration policy program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include immigration and globalization, U.S. immigration policy, economics, and trade. The focus of her work is to provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the complexities of U.S. immigration policy rather than to advocate a particular policy position. She has written extensively on immigration including Immigrants in Arizona: Fiscal and Economic Impacts and a Primer on U.S. Immigration in a Global Economy. She has a BA degree in economics from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA... More About Author

Elaine M. Replogle

Elaine M. Replogle teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of Oregon. Her research and publications have focused on the sociology of health and medicine, social inequality, and immigrant and second-generation social adjustment. She is author of Head Start as a Family Support Program: Renewing a Community Ethic (Harvard Family Research Project). She is currently working on a book on the intersection of mental health and intergenerational conflict among second-generation South Asian Americans (her dissertation research). Her work on mob violence toward women, adolescent health, patterns in smoking trajectories among black and... More About Author

Daniel J. Tichenor

Daniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Political Science and director of the Politics and Policy Program at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon. He has published extensively on immigration politics and policy, the American presidency, civil liberties, interest groups, social movements, political parties, and U.S. political history. He is the author of Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America, which won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book in American national policy. Other works include The Politics of International... More About Author

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