Contradictions and cross currents in immigration debates and policy-making

The Economist, July 19, 2014
The Economist, July 19, 2014

Periodic efforts to update America’s immigration policy tend to encounter an unusual bipartisan gridlock. Democrats praise immigration for enriching a multicultural society, but fear its impacts on low-income workers and the environment. Socially conservative Republicans stress the sovereign right of a country to control its borders, while economic conservatives emphasize individual liberties to seek employment across borders. There is general agreement that America’s current immigrant policy is “broken,” but attempts to  fix it also seem “broken” in the sense of failing to produce effective legislation.


For more see (for example):


Now a major partisan divide in America:

"Stranger danger," Economist, January 20, 2018:

'Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties. No longer.'


Drew Keeling, "In immigration debate, echoes of Ellis Island."

(Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2013)


Drew Keeling, The Business of Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the United States, 1900-1914 (Zurich: Chronos, 2012), especially chapter 5.


Aristide R. Zolberg, A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006)


Daniel J. Tichenor, The Politics of Immigration Control in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002).


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