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Handcuffs and chain link : criminalizing the undocumented in America

Author: Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Race, ethnicity, and politics.
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"Handcuffs and Chain Link enters the immigration debate by addressing one of its most controversial aspects: the criminalization both of extralegal immigration to the United States and of immigrants themselves in popular and political discourse. Looking at the factors that led up to criminalization, Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien points to the alternative approach of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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O'Brien, Benjamin Gonzalez.
Handcuffs and chain link.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018004850
(OCoLC)1011613194
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien
ISBN: 9780813941332 0813941334 9780813941325 0813941326
OCLC Number: 1076543605
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 178 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction : considering criminality --
From open borders to locked doors --
From the path less traveled to the path best known --
Immigrant criminality and public opinion --
Policy preferences and the undocumented threat --
Conclusion : criminalization and reform.
Series Title: Race, ethnicity, and politics.
Other Titles: Criminalizing the undocumented in America
Responsibility: Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien.
Local System Bib Number:
1076543605
(OCoLC)1076543605

Abstract:

"Handcuffs and Chain Link enters the immigration debate by addressing one of its most controversial aspects: the criminalization both of extralegal immigration to the United States and of immigrants themselves in popular and political discourse. Looking at the factors that led up to criminalization, Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien points to the alternative approach of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and how its ultimate demise served to negatively reinforce the fictitious association of extralegal immigrants with criminality. Crucial to Gonzalez O’Brien’s account thus is the concept of the critical policy failure—a piece of legislation that attempts a radically different approach to a major issue but has shortcomings that ultimately further entrench the approach it was designed to supplant. The IRCA was just such a piece of legislation. It highlighted the contributions of the undocumented and offered amnesty to some while attempting to stem the flow of extralegal immigration by holding employers accountable for hiring the undocumented. The failure of this effort at decriminalization prompted a return to criminalization with a vengeance, leading to the stalemate on immigration policy that persists to this day"--Publisher's description.
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This book contributes to understanding of the political history and the evolution of public policy responses to immigration. Well researched, accessible, and engaging, this text should be used in Read more...

 
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