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The Immigration Crucible : Transforming Race, Nation, and the Limits of the Law

By: Kretsedemas, Philip.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (233 p.).ISBN: 9780231527323.Subject(s): Emigration and immigration law -- United States -- History | Immigrants -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Immigrants -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 21st century | Immigration enforcement -- United States | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History -- 21st century | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Political aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Immigration Crucible : Transforming Race, Nation, and the Limits of the LawDDC classification: 325.73 LOC classification: JV6483 .K74 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; List of Tables; Preface; 1 INTRODUCTION An Untimely Intervention on the U.S. Immigration Debate; 2 A Different Kind of Immigration, a New Kind of Statelessness; 3 The Secret Life of the State; 4 Concerned Cititzens, Local Exclusions; 5 Race, Nation, Immigration; 6 CONCLUSION The Immigration Crucible; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: In the debate over U.S. immigration, all sides now support policy and practice that expand the parameters of enforcement. While immigration control forces lobby for intensifying enforcement for reasons that are transparently connected to their policy agenda, and pro-immigration forces favor the liberalization of migrant flows and more fluid labor market regulation, these transformations, meant to grow global trade and commerce networks, also enlarge the extralegal (or marginally legal) discretionary powers of the state and encourage a more enforcement-heavy governing agenda.Philip
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Contents; List of Tables; Preface; 1 INTRODUCTION An Untimely Intervention on the U.S. Immigration Debate; 2 A Different Kind of Immigration, a New Kind of Statelessness; 3 The Secret Life of the State; 4 Concerned Cititzens, Local Exclusions; 5 Race, Nation, Immigration; 6 CONCLUSION The Immigration Crucible; Notes; Bibliography; Index

In the debate over U.S. immigration, all sides now support policy and practice that expand the parameters of enforcement. While immigration control forces lobby for intensifying enforcement for reasons that are transparently connected to their policy agenda, and pro-immigration forces favor the liberalization of migrant flows and more fluid labor market regulation, these transformations, meant to grow global trade and commerce networks, also enlarge the extralegal (or marginally legal) discretionary powers of the state and encourage a more enforcement-heavy governing agenda.Philip

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Kretsedemas (sociology, Univ. of Massachusetts) presents readers with an analysis of the evolution of the "submerged processes" that are affecting the immigration reform debate. The book includes an examination of the murky legal status of undocumented workers in the US and an analysis of a "theory of state power that sheds more light on the policy and enforcement trends." Also included is a chapter devoted to distinguishing federal from state enforcement responsibilities. The volume closes with a chapter that looks at how cultural pluralism and national identity relate to "the current state of the immigration debate." Those looking for a rigorous empirical work will not find it here; the author presents readers with a work that contains no quantifiable testing of his assertions. Moreover, it is difficult to follow the garrulous writing style. However, the book is carefully documented and has a useful index and bibliography. The topic is important and timely and should be of interest to a wide variety of academics, students, and practitioners. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. S. Robey University of Texas at Brownsville

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Philip Kretsedemas is associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the coeditor of Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today and Immigrants, Welfare Reform, and the Poverty of Policy .

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