Monday, February 6, 2012
Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases Discrediting "Self Deportation" as Immigration Policy by Michele Waslin, Ph.D. The term “self deportation” has been used lately as a way to deal with our nation’s immigration woes. However, the concept of self-deportation is not new and is part of a broader “attrition through enforcement” strategy, which is designed to make life so inhospitable for unauthorized immigrants that they will leave on their own. The groups behind “attrition through enforcement” have pushed federal and state legislative proposals, provided litigation support, and created a network of organizations to promote it. However, this strategy does nothing to address our national immigration problems and instead places unprecedented legal, fiscal, and economic burdens on states and local communities.