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The New Immigration Federalism
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"This book stands for many things, including a very deep and broad understanding of federalism at work in immigration policies, and the role of ethnic antipathy and ugly nativism in the inception of so many present day anti-immigrant policies and narratives. But it also stands for the value in having talented collaborators with different disciplines and literatures - political science and the law - for this is a prime example of how the sum can be greater than even the individual scholarly efforts. Gulasekaram and Ramakrishnan's model of polarized change has considerable explanatory power, and the work is a fascinating narrative."
Michael A. Olivas, author of No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren
"Gulasekaram and Ramakrishnan have written an indispensable book for understanding the crucial role states and locales now play in shaping American immigration policy. Reaching beyond demographic explanations, they provide a powerful analysis of the political foundations and legal consequences of contemporary immigration federalism."
Daniel J. Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science, University of Oregon
"Richly interdisciplinary and multidimensional, The New Immigration Federalism offers an ambitious reframing of a core issue in today's immigration debates, challenging conventional wisdoms and putting current controversies in historical context. An insightful and nuanced analysis, this book is an essential read."
Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Immigration Outside the Law
"Gulasekaram and Ramakrishnan have written a timely book that seamlessly synthesizes their research in the fields of political science and law to offer a convincing account of the reasons that sub-federal actors have come to matter so much in shaping US immigration law on the ground. The book makes a significant contribution to the academic discourse on immigration federalism, but it also offers useful analysis for any reader seeking a better understanding of the politics that drive immigration policy."
Jennifer Chacón, University of California, Irvine School of Law
"With immigration reform stalled, it is more important than ever to understand the variation in local responses to undocumented immigrants. In this interdisciplinary gem, the authors challenge the traditional notion that demographic shocks - that is, a wave of new immigrants - explains whether localities are restrictionist. Weaving together legal history, political theory, and statistical analysis, they argue that political opportunism has a larger influence in why local and state authorities seek power over immigrant lives. A fascinating and highly relevant read."
Manuel Pastor, Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California
'The New Immigration Federalism is a great example of a thoughtful mixed methods project that combines historical, legal, and policy analysis to provide important insights into the drivers and direction of immigration policymaking in the United States.' Alexandra Filindra, Publius: The Journal of Federalism
This book challenges the conventional wisdom about state and local immigration lawmaking in the U.S. Using empirical analysis, the authors show that anti-immigration laws are not the result of demographic changes but instead of politics. Includes a historical overview of U.S. immigration law useful for students and researchers.