The New Immigration Federalism, Paperback / softback Book


Since 2004, the United States has seen a flurry of state and local laws dealing with unauthorized immigrants.

Though initially restrictionist, these laws have recently undergone a dramatic shift toward promoting integration.

How are we to make sense of this new immigration federalism?

What are its causes? And what are its consequences for the federal-state balance of power?

In The New Immigration Federalism, Professors Pratheepan Gulasekaram and S.

Karthick Ramakrishnan provide answers to these questions using a mix of quantitative, historical, and doctrinal legal analysis.

In so doing they refute the popular 'demographic necessity' argument put forward by anti-immigrant activists and politicians.

Instead, they posit that immigration federalism is rooted in a political process that connects both federal and subfederal actors: the Polarized Change Model.

Their model captures not only the spread of restrictionist legislation but also its abrupt turnaround in 2012, projecting valuable insights for the future.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 280 pages, 11 Tables, unspecified; 2 Halftones, unspecified; 2 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Constitutional & administrative law
  • ISBN: 9781107530867

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