Saturday, December 1, 2012

Immigration Article of the Day: Restrictive State and Local Immigration Laws: Solutions in Search of Problems by Pratheepan Gulasekaram and Karthick Ramakrishnan

Restrictive State and Local Immigration Laws: Solutions in Search of Problems by Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara) and Karthick Ramakrishnan (University of California, Riverside), American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Issue Brief, November 2012

Abstract: In the Issue Brief, the authors demonstrate that conventional understandings of why states and localities pass restrictive immigration laws do not hold up under empirical analysis. Rather, the data from their nationwide study of 50 states and over 25,000 local jurisdictions show that “what most subfederal jurisdictions with immigration enforcement laws share is not economic stress or overconsumption of public goods or heightened violent crime, but rather a partisan composition within their legislative and executive branches that is highly receptive to enforcement heavy proposals.” These laws are not, as some have contended, organic local responses to inaction at the federal level. Rather, they are the outcome of a concerted and coordinated effort by immigration restrictionists to “purposefully promote legislative gridlock at the federal level, and then cite the very national legislative inaction they helped foment to justify restrictive solutions at the local level.”

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2012/12/immigration-article-of-the-day-restrictive-state-and-local-immigration-laws-solutions-in-search-of-p.html

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