May 27, 2024  
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PSC 124 - (BH) US Immigration Politics and Policy

Semester Hours: 3-4
This course seeks to provide a broad overview of immigration politics and policy in the United States. What groups are important in determining how immigrants are recruited, received, excluded from, and deported from the United States? Why has it been so difficult to “reform” the US immigration system or even agree on what shape a comprehensive reform might take? How does social science inform the debate about immigration policy in the United States, particularly when public opinion is sensitive to racial appeals and perceptions of threat? The course will begin with a history of immigration policy from the Republic’s earliest days to the present day. It will focus on a few watershed policies such as those enacted in 1882, 1924, 1965, 1986, and 1996, finishing with the immigration proposals put forward at the national level in the past 20 years. Who are the winners and losers in this policy area? Why is it so difficult for the national government to adopt meaningful reform at the national level? Are state and local governments better positioned to address our economic, social, and humanitarian goals? What do we know about how immigrants integrated into American society socially, economically, and politically?





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