Immigration Reading List, 5/11/12

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1. House testimony on measuring border security
2. USCIS statistics on EB-5 immigrant investor petitions
3. Latest issue of DOJ EOIR Immigration Law Advisor
4. GAO congressional testimony on Border Patrol security efforts; report on effective use of DHS air and marine assets


5. New report from TRAC
6. Fox News poll on the AZ immigration law
7. RAND study on the allocation of U.S. border security resources
8. "Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean"
9. Migrant Remittances Newsletter
10. Three new discussion papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor
11. Seven new reports from the Migration Policy Institute
12. New report from the National Bureau of Economic Research
13. Nineteen new papers from the Social Science Research Network
14. Five new reports from the International Organization for Migration
15. New policy brief from the Southern African Migration Project
16. "Legal Violence: Immigration Law and the Lives of Central American Immigrants"
17. "International migration with capital constraints: interpreting migration from the Netherlands to Canada in the 1920s"
18. "The missing factor: why social democracy can lead to restrictive immigration policy"


19. National Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy since 1882
20. Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings
21. Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960
22. History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation
23. Migration and Social Cohesion in the U.K.
24. Migrant Smuggling: Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe


25. Citizenship Studies
26. Human Mobility
27. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

House Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Tuesday, May 8, 2012…

"Measuring Border Security: U.S. Border Patrol’s New Strategic Plan and the Path Forward"

Statement by Chairman Candice Miller…

Witness Testimony:

Michael J. Fisher, Chief
Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security…

Rebecca Gambler, Acting Director
Homeland Security and Justice
U.S. Government Accountability Office…

Marc Rosenblum, Specialist in Immigration Policy
Congressional Research Service…

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Circuit Court Modifications to the Modified Categorical Approach
By Daniel Cicchini and Joseph Hassell
Immigration Law Advisor, Vol. 6 No. 4, April, 2012

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Immigrant Petition by Alien Entreneur (I-526) and Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions (I-829)
Service-wide Receipts, Approvals, Denials, Fiscal Year(s): 2005-2012 (2nd Quarter)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, April 2012,0502-eb5statistics.pdf

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New report from the General Accountability Office

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Border And Maritime Security, House Committee on Homeland Security:

Border Patrol Security: Progress and Challenges in Implementation and Assessment Efforts
By Rebecca Gambler
Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office, GAO-12-688T, May 8, 2012
Report -
Highlights -

Border Security: Opportunities Exist to Ensure More Effective Use of DHS's Air and Marine Assets
Government Accountability Office, GAO-12-518, March 30, 2012
Report -
Highlights -

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New from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University

ICE Charges Criminal Activity in Fewer Deportation Proceedings
April 2012

Excerpt: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is identifying fewer individuals as deportable owing to alleged criminal activity, according to the latest Immigration Court data on new deportation proceedings. During the most recent quarter (January - March 2012), ICE sought to deport a total of 5,450 individuals on criminal grounds. While this number is preliminary and is likely to increase once late reports are in, it represents a drastic decrease compared with 10,732 individuals against whom ICE sought deportation orders just two years ago (during the period January - March 2010).

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Fox News poll: Arizona immigration law
April 20, 2012…


Do you believe individual states should have the right to make their own immigration laws and protect their borders, if they believe the federal government has failed to act, or not?

Yes, states should have that right

No, not up to states

Don’t know

In 2010, Arizona passed an immigration law that requires people to show documents proving their immigration status if government officials have reasonable cause to ask for them and allows police to detain anyone who cannot prove their immigration status. Do you favor or oppose this law?



Don’t know

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Using Pattern Analysis and Systematic Randomness to Allocate U.S. Border Security Resources
By Joel B. Predd, Henry H. Willis, Claude Messan Setodji, and Chuck Stelzner
The RAND Corporation, 2012…

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Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean
By Manuel Orozco
The Inter-American Dialogue, May 2012…

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Migrant Remittances Newsletter
Vol. 8, No. 1, May 2011…


The cost of sending remittances fell during the recession,with a slight uptick in recent months. Remittance costshave fallen since 2008 by 0.3percentage points to an average 8.68 percent of the total amount of the remittance (see Figure 1). This average masks a far greater drop in some countries and an increase in the price of a remittance in others. The World Bank’s target is to reduce the global average cost of sending a remittance from 10 percent to 5
percent by the year 2014.

According to recent data, Africa has seen the largest cost decrease in the last three years. Sending US$200 in 2008 cost 12.46 percent of the total amount sent, but by 2010 the cost had fallen 2 percentage points to 10.46 percent of the total amount sent. Asia followed with a 1.6 percentage point drop to 6.95 percent of the total cost. The reduction in costs may be attributed to improvements in technology, policies and regulation within the remittances market that
increase competition, and market pressures to lower costs.

Remittance costs in Latin America increased by a slight 0.4 percentage points in 2010 following a drop of 0.3 percent in 2009. Costs in the region remain among the world’s lowest, and are on average below 8.2 percent. The region also experiences smaller fluctuations in cost due to a more developed remittances market and relatively high levels of competition. In contrast to other regions, costs in Europe and Oceania have been slowly increasing since 2008.

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New from the Institute for the Study of Labor

1. Internal vs. International Migration: Impacts of Remittances on Child Well-Being in Vietnam
Michele Binci and Gianna Claudia Giannelli
Discussion Paper No. 6523, April 2012…

2. Distortions in the International Migrant Labor Market: Evidence from Filipino Migration and Wage Responses to Destination Country Economic Shocks
By David McKenzie, Caroline Theoharides, and Dean Yang
Discussion Paper No. 6498, April 2012…

3. Is There Monopsonistic Discrimination against Immigrants? First Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data
By Boris Hirsch and Elke J. Jahn
Discussion Paper No. 6472, April 2012…

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New from the Migration Policy Institute

1. Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States and Europe: The Use of Legalization/Regularization as a Policy Tool
By Donald M. Kerwin, Kate Brick, and Rebecca Kilberg
Migration Information Source, May 2012

2. Lesotho: From Labor Reserve to Depopulating Periphery?
By Jim Cobbe
Migration Information Source, May 2012

3. The 2012 Mexican Presidential Election and Mexican Immigrants of Voting Age in the United States
By David Gutierrez, Jeanne Batalova, and Aaron Terrazas
Migration Information Source, April 2012

4. The Relationship Between Immigration and Nativism in Europe and North America
By Cas Mudde
May 2012

5. Profile of Immigrants in Napa County
By Randy Capps, Kristen McCabe, and Michael Fix
May 2012

6. Building a British Model of Integration in an Era of Immigration: Policy Lessons for Government
By Shamit Saggar and Will Somerville
May 2012

7. Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias and Kathleen Newland
MPI Bookstore

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New from the National Bureau of Economic Research

The Impact of Immigration on the Educational Attainment of Natives
By Jennifer Hunt
NBER Working Paper No. 18047, May 2012

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New from the Social Science Research Network

1. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act 2011: Not an Amnesty, But an Opportunity
By Deontrinelle Green
May 2012

2. Through Mexican Eyes: Mexican Perspectives on Transmigration
By Evelyn Haydee Cruz
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Valparaiso University Law Review, Forthcoming

3. Illegal Immigration: Discrimination or Matter of National Security?
By Sandra Lowe
May 2012

4. The Whole Better than the Sum: A Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime
By Jennifer Lee Koh
Western State University College of Law
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Vol. 26, 2012 (Forthcoming)

5. Immigration Control & Long-Run Population Welfare
By Gurgen Aslanyan
Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)
April 2012
CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 453

6. Politics, Unemployment, and the Enforcement of Immigration Law
By Michael D. Makowsky, Towson University Department of Economics and Thomas Stratmann, George Mason University Buchanan Center Political Economy
April 2012
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3792

7. A Felony, I Presume?: 21 USC § 841(b)’s Mitigating Provision and the Categorical Approach in Immigration Proceedings
By Laura Jean Eichten
April 2012

8. When Your Country Doesn't Want You: Immigration Obstacles Sexual Minority Refugees Face When Emigrating to the United States
By Scott Richard MacPherson
April 2012

9. Realizing Padilla's Promise: Ensuring Noncitizen Defendants are Advised of the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
By Yolanda Vazquez
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Fordham Urban Law Journal, Forthcoming
U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-30

10. Immigration and Civil Rights: State and Local Efforts to Regulate Immigration
By Kevin R. Johnson
University of California, Davis School of Law
April 2012
Georgia Law Review, Forthcoming, UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 293

11. Tensions in Rhetoric and Reality at the Intersection of Work and Immigration
By Jennifer Gordon
Fordham University School of Law
2 UC Irvine Law Review, volume 1 (Symposium on Persistent Puzzles in Immigration Law), 2012

12. The Curious Relationship between 'Self-Deportation' Policies and Naturalization Rates
By Angela M. Banks
William & Mary Law School
Lewis & Clark Law Review, Forthcoming
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-209

13. States Can't Regulate Immigration, but They Can Regulate Illegal Immigrants: Remarks at the 2012 Charleston Law Review and Riley Institute Law and Society Symposium
By Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute
Charleston Law Review, Vol. 6, 2012

14. The Normative & Historical Cases for Proportional Deportation
By Angela M. Banks
William & Mary Law School
Emory Law Journal, Forthcoming
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-208

15. Deporting Families: Legal Matter or Political Question?
By Angela M. Banks
William & Mary Law School
Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, Spring 2011

16. Immigrant Employment Through the Great Recession: Individual Characteristics and Metropolitan Contexts
By Cathy Yang Liu and Jason Edwards
Georgia State University
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 12-13
W. J. Usery Workplace Research Group Paper No. 2012-4-1

17. The Trouble with Treaties: Immigration and Judicial Review
By Angela M. Banks
William & Mary Law School
St. John's Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 4, 2010

18. Proportional Deportation
By Angela M. Banks
William & Mary Law School
Wayne Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2009

19. The 'Ethical' Surplus of the War on Illegal Immigration
Iowa Journal on Gender, Race and Justice, 2012, Forthcoming, UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 291
Leticia M. Saucedo, University of California, Davis chool of Law and Francis Joseph Mootz III, UNLV, William S. Boyd School of Law
April 2012

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New reports from International Organization for Migration

1. Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel
The United Nations Environment Programme, 2011

2. Mapping of Risk Areas of Environmentally-induced Migration in the CIS
May 2012…

3. International Dialogue on Migration N°19 - Economic Cycles, Demographic Change and Migration
Spring 2012

4. International Dialogue on Migration N°18 - Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration
Spring 2012

5. Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias and Kathleen Newland
April 2012…

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New from the Southern African Migration Project

Migration and development in Contemporary Mauritius
By David Lincoln
SAMP Policy Brief No. 27, April 2012…

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Legal Violence: Immigration Law and the Lives of Central American Immigrants
By Cecilia Menjívar and Leisy J. Abrego
American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 117, No. 5, March 2012

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International migration with capital constraints: interpreting migration from the Netherlands to Canada in the 1920s
By Alex Armstrong and Frank D. Lewis
Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol 45, No. 2, May 2012…

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The missing factor: why social democracy can lead to restrictive immigration policy
By Jonas Hinnfors, Andrea Spehar, and Gregg Bucken-Knapp
Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 19, No. 4, May 2012…

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National Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy since 1882
By Deirdre M. Moloney

The University of North Carolina Press, 328 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 080783548X, $34.95

Kindle, Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080783548X, ASIN: B007VENTAG, 528 KB, $19.22

Book Description: For over a century, deportation and exclusion have defined eligibility for citizenship in the United States and, in turn, have shaped what it means to be American. In this broad analysis of policy from 1882 to present, Deirdre Moloney places current debates about immigration issues in historical context. Focusing on several ethnic groups, Moloney closely examines how gender and race led to differences in the implementation of U.S. immigration policy as well as how poverty, sexuality, health, and ideologies were regulated at the borders.

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Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings
By Steven W. Bender

NYU Press, 256 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0814789528, $39.00

Kindle, Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0814789528, ASIN: B007X2D18G, 481 KB, $20.28

Book Description: Mexico and the United States exist in a symbiotic relationship: Mexico frequently provides the United States with cheap labor, illegal goods, and, for criminal offenders, a refuge from the law. In turn, the U.S. offers Mexican laborers the American dream: the possibility of a better livelihood through hard work. To supply each other’s demands, Americans and Mexicans have to cross their shared border from both sides. Despite this relationship, U.S. immigration reform debates tend to be security-focused and center on the idea of menacing Mexicans heading north to steal abundant American resources. Further, Congress tends to approach reform unilaterally, without engaging with Mexico or other feeder countries, and, disturbingly, without acknowledging problematic southern crossings that Americans routinely make into Mexico.

In Run for the Border, Steven W. Bender offers a framework for a more comprehensive border policy through a historical analysis of border crossings, both Mexico to U.S. and U.S. to Mexico. In contrast to recent reform proposals, this book urges reform as the product of negotiation and implementation by cross-border accord; reform that honors the shared economic and cultural legacy of the U.S. and Mexico. Covering everything from the history of Anglo crossings into Mexico to escape law authorities, to vice tourism and retirement in Mexico, to today’s focus on Mexican border-crossing immigrants and drug traffickers, Bender takes lessons from the past 150 years to argue for more explicit and compassionate cross-border cooperation.

Steeped in several disciplines, Run for the Border is a blend of historical, cultural, and legal perspectives, as well as those from literature and cinema, that reflect Bender’s cultural background and legal expertise.

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Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960
By Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho

The University of North Carolina Press, 244 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0807835404, $34.06

Kindle, Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0807882593, ASIN: B007RPZOZC, 2633 KB, $23.97

Book Description: At the turn of the twentieth century, a wave of Chinese men made their way to the northern Mexican border state of Sonora to work and live. The ties--and families--these Mexicans and Chinese created led to the formation of a new cultural identity: Chinese Mexican. During the tumult of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, however, anti-Chinese sentiment ultimately led to mass expulsion of these people. Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho follows the community through the mid-twentieth century, across borders and oceans, to show how they fought for their place as Mexicans, both in Mexico and abroad.

Tracing transnational geography, Schiavone Camacho explores how these men and women developed a strong sense of Mexican national identity while living abroad—in the United States, briefly, and then in southeast Asia where they created a hybrid community and taught their children about the Mexican homeland. Schiavone Camacho also addresses how Mexican women challenged their legal status after being stripped of Mexican citizenship because they married Chinese men. After repatriation in the 1930s-1960s, Chinese Mexican men and women, who had left Mexico with strong regional identities, now claimed national cultural belonging and Mexican identity in ways they had not before.

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History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation
By Irial Glynn, J. Olaf Olaf Kleist, and J. Olaf Kleist

Palgrave Macmillan, 267 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0230293387, $68.69

Kindle, Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230293387, ASIN: B007ZQXS1A, 1229 KB, $64.00

Book Description: As the growing diversity of societies is recognised as both an asset and a challenge, academia has been forced to re-evaluate some of its basic assumptions about migrant incorporation and social memories. However, scholars have rarely combined Migration Studies and Memory Studies to consider how perceptions of the past affect the incorporation of immigrants in their host societies. The authors in this volume merge the extensive knowledge and relevant findings produced in both fields. They demonstrate, through a series of empirical studies from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, how various actors have referenced diverse conceptions of their local, regional and national pasts to include and exclude immigrants from receiving societies. By focusing on how the presentation of a certain past relates to the immigration present, the book aims to examine the relationship between the politics of memory and the incorporation of immigrants.

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Migration and Social Cohesion in the U.K.
By Mary J.J. Hickman, Nicola Mai, and Helen Crowley

Palgrave Macmillan, 240 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 023024355X, $77.14

Kindle, Page Numbers Source ISBN: 023024355X, ASIN: B007ZQY78S, 564 KB, $72.00

Book Description: This book argues that social cohesion is achieved through people (new arrivals as well as the long-term settled) being able to resolve the conflicts and tensions within their day-to-day lives in ways that they find positive and viable. These everyday tensions and difficulties are not the result of segregated communities or introduced by problematic new arrivals but rather arise from the conditions of postindustrialism, individualism and neoliberalism. These social and economic forces shape the contours of people's everyday lives, varying according to where they live and the histories of those places. Most important are the histories and narratives of earlier migrations in each place. This book challenges the prevailing view that social cohesion is about the assimilation of new immigrants through acceptance of shared values of Britishness. Rather social cohesion is achieved through people's broad acceptance of a diverse Britain and by navigating the fine lines between separateness and commonalities/differences and unity in the places where they live.

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Migrant Smuggling: Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe
By Anna Triandafyllidou and Thanos Maroukis

Palgrave Macmillan, 256 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0230296378, $70.56

Kindle, ASIN: B007PZVNFO, 2263 KB, $67.03

Book Description: This book explores one important aspect of international irregular migration, notably the smuggling of migrants from Asia and Africa into southern European countries. During the last two decades, international migration has intensified both across the East to West and South to North axis,with Europe receiving increasing numbers of migrants from developing countries in Africa and Asia (and also Latin America), and this work examinesthis international movement of people that oftentakes place illegally and involves either unlawful border crossings or overstaying (with or without a visa). The book also discusses how migration control policies in southern European countries may inadvertently shape the migrant smuggling phenomenon and the smuggling 'business'.

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Citizenship Studies
Vol. 16, No. 2, April 2012

Selected articles:

Transnational citizenship: German-Turks and liberalizing citizenship regimes
By Ayhan Kaya

Much ado about not-very-much? Assessing ten years of German citizenship reform
By Simon Green

Barely legal: racism and migrant farm labour in the context of Canadian multiculturalism
By J. Adam Perry

Constructions of migrant rights in Canada: is subnational citizenship possible?
By Rupaleem Bhuyan and Tracy Smith-Carrier

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Human Mobility
Boletim 84, Ano IX, April 2012…

Selected articles:

Increasing number of immigrants arrive in Germany,,15864426_page_0,00.html

African migrants flood Israel after perilous treks…

Spain Slashes Funds for Integration of Immigrants

Swiss limit eastern central European immigration,,15902745_page_0,00.html

Ethiopia: Empowering Somali women refugees to talk about violence…

I’ve become dependent on my husband,,15866519,00.html

Islam Not Part of Germany: Merkel Ally…

Hispanic Leader Says Christians Not Congress Can Solve Immigration Crisis
By Anugrah Kumar…

Immigrants remaking Canada's religious face in surprising ways
By Douglas Todd…

Woman trafficked into Britain by gang who wanted to harvest her organs
By Lyle Brennan…

Commending UAE efforts against human trafficking UN expert urges more to help victims - 17.04

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Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Vol. 38, No. 6, June 2012


Transnational Migration and the Study of Children: An Introduction
By Katy Gardner

Growing Up and Going Abroad: How Ghanaian Children Imagine Transnational Migration
By Cati Coe

The Care Chain, Children's Mobility and the Caribbean Migration Tradition
By Karen Fog Olwig

Maintaining Transnational Social Fields: The Role of Visits to Bangladesh for British Bangladeshi Children
By Benjamin Zeitlyn

‘My Away is Here’: Place, Emplacement and Mobility amongst British Bengali Children
By Katy Gardner and Kanwal Mand

Researching Transnational Childhoods
By Benjamin Zeitlyn and Kanwal Mand

Studying Transnational Children: A Multi-Sited, Longitudinal, Ethnographic Approach
By Samantha Punch

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