Monday, June 8, 2015

From the Bookshelves: Marjorie S. Zatz and Nancy Rodriguez, Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth and Families


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Marjorie S. Zatz, a dedicated reader of the ImmigrationProf blog, announces the publication of her new book Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth and Families, co-authored with Nancy Rodriguez.  The book takes a critical look at the challenges and dilemmas of immigration policy and practice in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. The experiences of children and youth provide a prism through which the interwoven dynamics and consequences of immigration policy become apparent.

Using a unique sociolegal perspective, Zatz and Rodriguez examine the mechanisms by which immigration policies and practices mitigate or exacerbate harm to vulnerable youth. They pay particular attention to prosecutorial discretion, assessing its potential and limitations for resolving issues involving parental detention and deportation, unaccompanied minors, and Dreamers who came to the United States as young children.

The book demonstrates how these policies and practices offer a means of prioritizing immigration enforcement in ways that alleviate harm to children, and why they remain controversial and vulnerable to political challenges.

The University of California Press is offering a 30% discount code: 15E8493


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