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Those Damned ImmigrantsAmerica's Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration$
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Ediberto Román and Michael A. Olivas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776575

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776575.001.0001

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A Pragmatic Proposal for Immigration Reform

A Pragmatic Proposal for Immigration Reform

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(p.133) 7 A Pragmatic Proposal for Immigration Reform
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Those Damned Immigrants
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Ediberto Román

Michael A. Olivas

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814776575.003.0007

This chapter examines different views on how to resolve the so-called immigration crisis in the United States and offers a pragmatic and economically sound proposal for immigration reform, with particular emphasis on undocumented immigration. It argues that we need to end the hostile rhetoric aimed at undocumented immigrants and calls for an immigration policy based on reality rather than hateful attacks. It also discusses the three policy options that are commonly addressed in the context of comprehensive immigration reform: mass deportation, blanket amnesty, and a guest worker program. Finally, it explains what it calls the 2013 Kennedy-Bell Comprehensive Immigration Reform Law intended for current undocumented workers and which consists of five main components, including a guest worker program and a form of the DREAM Act.

Keywords:   immigration crisis, undocumented immigration, immigration reform, undocumented immigrants, immigration policy, mass deportation, blanket amnesty, guest worker program, undocumented workers, DREAM Act

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