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Debating Immigration

2nd Edition

John D. Skrentny, Peter Skerry, Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, Carol M. Swain, Amitai Etzioni, Philip Cafaro, Douglas S. Massey, Karen A. Pren, Rogers M. Smith, Noah Pickus, Virginia A. Yetter, Jim Edwards, Stephen Macedo, Elizabeth F. Cohen, Marc Morje Howard, Sara Wallace Goodman, Susan F. Martin, Randall Hansen, Louise Shelley, Camilo Pardo
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108470469


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  • Debating Immigration presents twenty-one original and updated essays, written by some of the world's leading experts and pre-eminent scholars that explore the nuances of contemporary immigration in the United States and Europe. This volume is organized around the following themes: economics, demographics and race, law and policy, philosophy and religion, and European politics. Its topics include comprehensive immigration reform, the limits of executive power, illegal immigration, human smuggling, civil rights and employment discrimination, economic growth and unemployment, and social justice and religion. A timely second edition, Debating Immigration is an effort to bring together divergent voices to discuss various aspects of immigration often neglected or buried in discussions.

    • Offers perspectives from different academic fields and ideological viewpoints by contributors who can speak to a wide audience
    • Presents the latest information on how the immigration issue impacted the 2016 presidential election, and explores the increasing use of executive action to bypass Congress
    • Exposes readers to ideas they might not otherwise encounter
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Carol M. Swain has a knack for identifying important issues of social welfare policy before other analysts. From her background and research, she sees issues, trends, and perspectives in an important way. Hers is a voice that needs to be part of any conversation on immigration.' James F. Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, Vanderbilt Law School and Medical School

    'This collection of reasoned and informed articles is a welcome intervention in the politically toxic and shrill debate on immigration. It should contribute to a balancing of conflicting interests for the common good.' Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

    'Some Americans favor immigration, some oppose it, and most academics are all too united in defending it. Carol M. Swain and her contributors treat the divisions clearly and fairly. She achieved that in the first edition of Debating Immigration, and now she has done it again. This book is engrossing and disturbing, because the subject is. America's future is on the anvil.' Lawrence M. Mead, New York University

    'The timely publication of this second, updated, edition of Debating Immigration is a welcome event. In this volume, editor Carol M. Swain has gathered an impressively knowledgeable and ideologically diverse set of contributors, who comprehensively address the immigration issue in all of its moral, legal, economic and political complexity. As an added bonus, Professor Swain provides her own trenchant and, to this reader, persuasive critical assessment of how the interests of rank-and-file black Americans are ill-served by the positions taken on this issue by liberal elites.' Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University, Rhode Island

    'Thoughtful. Challenging. Wide-ranging. The updated edition of Debating Immigration offers new and dynamic perspectives on one of our nation's most important issues. Readers from across the political spectrum will see their most cherished ideas effectively elucidated and constructively interrogated. Professor Swain has assembled a magnificent group of thinkers whose efforts combine deep philosophical debates with powerful calls to action. A critical and highly valuable contribution.' Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108470469
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Economics, Demographics, and Race:
    1. Race, immigration and civil rights law in the low-skilled workplace John D. Skrentny
    2. Comprehensive immigration confusion Peter Skerry
    3. Who got the jobs? Two-thirds of long term employment growth has done to immigrants, 2000 to 2017 Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler
    4. The congressional black caucus and the impact of immigration on African American unemployment Carol M. Swain
    5. Will Hispanic and Asian immigrants save America? Amitai Etzioni
    Part II. Law and Policy:
    6. The progressive argument for reducing immigration into the United States Philip Cafaro
    7. What should comprehensive immigration reform encompass? Carol M. Swain
    8. Unintended consequences and path dependencies: explaining the post 1965 surge in Latin American immigration Douglas S. Massey and Karen A. Pren
    9. Alien rights, citizen rights, and the politics of restriction Rogers M. Smith
    10. Beyond legal and illegal: a new framework for the immigration debate Noah Pickus and Peter Skerry
    11. Federalism and the politics of immigration reform Carol M. Swain and Virginia M. Yetter
    12. Barack Obama: testing the constitutional limits on the executive Carol M. Swain
    Part III. Philosophy and Religion:
    13. Biblical prudence and American immigration Jim Edwards
    14. The moral dilemma of US immigration policy: open borders vs. social justice? Stephen Macedo
    15. Carved from the inside out: American ambivalence about immigration Elizabeth F. Cohen
    Part IV. Cosmopolitanism: How European Nations Deal With Immigration:
    16. The politics of citizenship and belonging in Europe Marc Morje Howard and Sara Wallace Goodman
    17. Globalization, migration and governance Susan F. Martin
    18. The free economy and the Jacobin state, or how Europe can cope with large scale immigration Randall Hansen
    19. Human smuggling and trafficking into Europe Louise Shelley and Camilo Pardo
    Part V. Conclusion:
    20. Concluding thoughts Carol M. Swain.

  • Editor

    Carol M. Swain, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist and member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, New Jersey. She is the author or editor of seven books. Her highly acclaimed Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (1993) won three national prizes, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the US on government, politics or international affairs. Dr Swain has been cited by the US Supreme Court and profiled in major publications and documentaries. She regularly makes guest appearances on numerous national and international radio and TV shows. Her opinion pieces have been published in major national and international newspapers.


    John D. Skrentny, Peter Skerry, Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, Carol M. Swain, Amitai Etzioni, Philip Cafaro, Douglas S. Massey, Karen A. Pren, Rogers M. Smith, Noah Pickus, Virginia A. Yetter, Jim Edwards, Stephen Macedo, Elizabeth F. Cohen, Marc Morje Howard, Sara Wallace Goodman, Susan F. Martin, Randall Hansen, Louise Shelley, Camilo Pardo

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