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. Despite general agreement that America’s current immigrant policy is “broken,” attempts at fixing it have had to grapple with a political system that also seems “broken” in the sense of having difficulty producing effective legislation.


For more see (for example):

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.


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


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

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