Tag Archives: illegal immigration

Refugee Status for Children in Central America?

In the spring and summer of 2014 the U.S. faced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on the U.S./Mexico border involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Extensive news coverage and reports explored causes of the sudden influx of so many children from Central America. Root causes such as poverty, […]

Family Detention: Are We Repeating the Mistakes of Hutto?

While much recent media attention has focused on the influx of 62,998* unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S., the number of family border crossings has spiked as well. In fact, recent reports from Customs and Border Protection show that the number of family units apprehended in 2014 has reached over 62,000,* which is a 471% […]

Migrationist Monthly: US Edition

By Eric Gibble Last month, we reported that House Republicans continued to justify blocking a floor vote on H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”, based on their perceived suspicion of the Obama administration’s ability to enforce immigration laws. This rhetoric was amplified in recent weeks in the aftermath of the […]

Paperless Ghosts

by Manuel Montenegro There was no single moment of clarity. No shocking revelation. No screaming matches with my mother berating her for keeping it a secret. For as long as I can remember, I always knew I was an undocumented immigrant. My status was as much a part of my life as my family’s daily balancing […]

Reaching Terraferma: Boat Migration to Southern Italy

Terraferma literally means “firm ground” and can be used to mean “dry land” or “mainland” in Italian.  Last week more than 230 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia died when their boat sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The tragic incident provoked an out-pouring of blogs, articles and tweets across the world […]

Firmly in Federal Hands: Shifting Immigration Policy and Local Control

The federalist structure of the United States has long complicated immigration policy.  Since Capitol Hill has failed to contemplate, let alone pass, comprehensive immigration reform since the Clinton era, the involvement of states and localities in immigration control has risen.  While the doctrine of federal preemption regarding immigration matters was reaffirmed this past June with […]

Cornering the Migrant Market

My contribution to this blog will be largely focused on the economics of the immigration debate, which I believe is central both to understanding public hostility to immigration and to shaping sensible immigration policies for the future. I will try to synthesize the migration economics literature that I have read in a way that is […]