This work is an overview of America’s attempts to deal with the problem of illegal immigration, with discussions of every immigration law passed since 1965, crucial court cases, key actors and organizations, and proposed solutions.
Twelve million illegal immigrants currently live and work in the United States. The American economy relies on them. Yet we hesitate to provide social services and citizenship to people who are in the country unlawfully. What's the answer? A 1,200-mile fence? Amnesty and citizenship? Or something in between?
Emotions run high around the problem of illegal immigration. It not only affects jobs, schools, social services, prisons, and taxes, it also raises difficult issues of race, class, vigilantism, and human rights.
Illegal Immigration: A Reference Handbook confronts these heated controversies head on. It traces the successes and the failures of our attempts to manage illegal immigration, from 1965 to the present. Through examination of pertinent laws and court cases, it analyzes the many problems that result from high levels of illegal immigration, our current efforts at control, and the proposed reforms now on the national agenda—from barricades to guest worker programs to amnesty. It offers readers a fair and thorough grounding on an issue of central importance to the future of North America.
• Excerpts from key law documents and court cases, and a chronology including key cases since 1965 provide a historical overview
• Fourteen graphs illustrate major trends, flows, or impacts arising from illegal immigration
• Identifies important trends in illegal-immigration flows since 1965 and analyzes how our policies have affected them
• Presents summaries from every key law or court case concerning immigration and illegal immigration since 1965
• Includes brief bio-sketches of key actors—presidents, members of Congress, advocacy group leaders on both sides of the issue, and think-tank researchers