January 22, 2013
Call for Papers: Special Issue on Immigration and Global Migration: Politics, Policy, and Human Rights Immigration Reform and the Politics of Immigration
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2013
Special Issue Editor Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson School of Law, University of California, Davis
For close to a decade, there has been discussion of “comprehensive immigration reform” in the United States, as well as developing nations around the world. Reform proposals in many different countries generally address enforcement, labor migration (with a focus on increasing migration of skilled labor), national security, and controlling the flow of refugees. In the United States, immigration reform in general terms would include a path to legalization (or amnesty) for the 11-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the country, changes to the rules for legal immigration, and increased border enforcement. In addition, a potent political movement of college students emerged calling for congressional enactment of the “DREAM Act,” which, among other things, would regularize the immigration status of undocumented college students. At the same time, with congressional action, a number of states, including Arizona, passed their own immigration enforcement laws, which required local police to participate in immigration enforcement and provoking cries of racism from Latina/os (U.S. citizens as well as immigrants. While U.S. immigration reform may influence changes to other nations’ immigration laws, local politics, conditions, and migration patterns will influence the reform in any particular nation. Scholars can offer important insights on what immigration reform should look like in its particulars, which unquestionably will continue to be a subject of significant debate in many nations.
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