Civil Rights

Immigration Reform and the Possibility of Black-Brown Coalitions among America's Youth

Report Author: 
Jon C. Rogowski
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Sep

Young people in the U.S. — particularly young people of color — are supportive of comprehensive immigration reform according to this survey from the Chicago-based Black Youth Project. But while young people of color were generally supportive of immigration reform they often had varying ideas of how immigration is changing the country's landscape. In an online survey that was conducted in both English and Spanish among 1,500 respondents between 18 and 29, the possibilities and challenges of building Black-Brown political alliances were made clear. The study's key findings include:

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Other

Discharge, Deportation and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation

Report Author: 
Pyo Lee, Erica Sibley, Todd Tolin and Sarah Vader Woud
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

Discharge, Deportation and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation reviews almost 1,000 cases of forced or coerced medical repatriation, defined as the decision of a hospital to return a critically injured or ill immigrant patient back to his/her native country without consent. Often, the quality of care available to these patients is inferior, family members and support networks are missing, and patients suffer and die.

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Seton Hall University School of Law

Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime

Report Author: 
Scott Ross Baker
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Sep

The author of this policy brief titled "Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime," Scott Ross Baker, predicts a significant reduction in crime as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's Deferred Action Program. He bases his conclusion on research showing sharp drops in crime after the implementation of the 1986 legalization program - a reduction apparently unrelated to any other possible explanatory variable.

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Other

Persons Who Are Not the People: The changing rights of immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Geoffrey Heeren
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

Persons Who Are Not the People: The changing rights of immigrants in the United States examines the legal history of "immigrant rights" in the United States, with special attention to the distinction between rights of membership, which are restricted for those who lack legal status or citizenship in the country, and rights of personhood, which are guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

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Other

Amnesty in Immigration: Forgetting, Forgiving, Freedom

Report Author: 
Linda Bosniak
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Jun

"Amnesty in Immigration: Forgetting, Forgiving, Freedom" analyzes the meanings of "amnesty" in political discourse. The author identifies three separate, but sometimes overlapping, meanings, which she describes as forgive-and-forget, administrative reset, and vindication. "Forgive-and-forget" emphasizes the state's beneficence in granting pardon for the initial offense, as well as the seriousness of the original offense, often prompting the state to set qualifying conditions for amnesty, e.g. fines, loss of benefits, community services, public apology, etc.

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Other

Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship and Broad-Scale Legalization

Report Author: 
Hiroshi Motomura
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

"Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship and Broad-Scale Legalization" looks at the arguments for and against three types of policy initiatives to grant legal status or citizenship to persons who might otherwise be in the U.S. unlawfully:  the Dream Act, birthright citizenship, and a broad-scale legalization program. The author begins her analysis by identifying the major arguments used by the Supreme Court in its landmark 1982 decision Plyler v. Doe, which held that no state can limit a child's access to education based on immigration status.

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