America's Immigration Policy Fiasco

A talk with Professor Douglas S. Massey of Princeton University

Border enforcement not only failed, but backfired as a strategy for controlling immigration to the United States. Rather than emerging as a rational program designed to achieve specific outcome, border enforcement emerged as a policy response to a moral panic about the perceived threat of Latino immigration to the United States propounded by self-interested bureaucrats, politicians, and pundits who sought to mobilize political and material resources for their own benefit. The end result was a self-perpetuating cycle of rising enforcement and increased apprehensions that resulted in the militarization of the border in a way that was disconnected from the actual size of the undocumented flow. Instead of reducing undocumented migration, border militarization transformed the behavior of unauthorized migrants and border outcomes to convert undocumented Mexican migration from a circular flow of male workers going to three states into an 11 million-person population of settled families living in 50 states.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Georgetown University , McShain Large Lounge, McCarthy Hall

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Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Institute for the Study of International Migration

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