Immigration Reform

A Reference Handbook

by Michael C. LeMay


There is long-standing legal basis (tracing to 1790) for former President Barack Obama's executive actions on DACA and DAPA.

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May 2019


Pages 356
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Politics and Government
  Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration

This volume presents a comprehensive, unbiased, and easily accessible review of U.S. immigration reform, and explains why reform efforts have resulted in the current state of political deadlock over the issue in the United States Congress.

Comprising seven chapters, Immigration Reform: A Reference Handbook surveys the complex topic for high school, undergraduate, and general readers. Chapter 1 gives the historical background to current immigration reform efforts, concentrating on the period from 1965 to date. Chapter 2 discusses problems and controversies, and the proposed solutions to them. Chapter 3 consists of eight original essays contributed by other scholars, complementing the perspective and expertise of the author.

Chapter 4 profiles major organizations and people who, as stakeholders in the politics of immigration reform, drive the agenda on the issue. Chapter 5 presents data and documents on the topic, giving readers the ability to analyze the facts. Chapter 6 provides additional resources that the reader may wish to consult, such as books, journal articles, and films. Chapter 7 provides a detailed chronology of important events from 1965 to 2017 that propel the politics and establish the policy of U.S. immigration reform. The book closes with a useful glossary of key terms used throughout the book and a comprehensive subject index.


  • Provides readers with a succinct and unbiased examination of the political complexities involved in attempts to reform legal and unauthorized immigration to the United States
  • Enables readers to understand why immigration reform so often ends in stalemate and why comprehensive immigration reform is so difficult to achieve
  • Demonstrates why every major immigration reform law has unanticipated consequences that may resolve one set of problems only to engender a new set of problems
  • Shows the adverse economic impact of efforts to tighten control procedures for the issuing of visas to the United States
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Michael C. LeMay, PhD, is professor emeritus of political science at California State University–San Bernardino with 35 years experience teaching at the university level. He is author of more than two dozen academic books and has authored many books with ABC-CLIO including Global Pandemic Threats; Illegal Immigration, 1ed, 2ed; Doctors at the Borders; and Perspectives on Immigration, 3 Vols. His book The American Political Party System was selected by Choice as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title.



"Immigration Reform is a good place to start for readers and researchers new to the topic, and it provides the necessary
resources to look deeper into immigration issues."Booklist

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