The “Poli-Migra”: Multilayered Legislation, Enforcement Practices, and What We Can Learn About and From Today’s Approaches

Cecilia Menjívar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

20 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article discusses what we know about immigration law in the lives of Latinos today and what we learn from this knowledge to possibly establish links beyond specific case studies. We know a great deal about the multilayered enforcement regime in place today—the federal, state, and local level laws and ordinances and the various enforcement strategies—which act all at once in highly articulated fashion to affect the lives of immigrants, their families, and communities. What we learn from this accumulated knowledge—the unevenness of enforcement across contexts, the heterogeneity of experiences among Latinos as not all are affected in the same way, and the short- and possible long-term effects—can be helpful for theorizing more broadly about immigrant incorporation and can also serve to formulate sound policy reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1805-1819
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume58
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 8 2014

Fingerprint

Legislation
Hispanic Americans
legislation
immigrant
immigration law
Emigration and Immigration
federal state
reform policy
regime
Law
community
experience

Keywords

  • contradictions in law
  • federal law
  • multilayered system
  • state-level laws

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

Cite this

The “Poli-Migra” : Multilayered Legislation, Enforcement Practices, and What We Can Learn About and From Today’s Approaches. / Menjívar, Cecilia.

In: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 58, No. 13, 08.11.2014, p. 1805-1819.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{6478f9102c6a4d128c9360ae9051db52,
title = "The “Poli-Migra”: Multilayered Legislation, Enforcement Practices, and What We Can Learn About and From Today’s Approaches",
abstract = "This article discusses what we know about immigration law in the lives of Latinos today and what we learn from this knowledge to possibly establish links beyond specific case studies. We know a great deal about the multilayered enforcement regime in place today—the federal, state, and local level laws and ordinances and the various enforcement strategies—which act all at once in highly articulated fashion to affect the lives of immigrants, their families, and communities. What we learn from this accumulated knowledge—the unevenness of enforcement across contexts, the heterogeneity of experiences among Latinos as not all are affected in the same way, and the short- and possible long-term effects—can be helpful for theorizing more broadly about immigrant incorporation and can also serve to formulate sound policy reform.",
keywords = "contradictions in law, federal law, multilayered system, state-level laws",
author = "Cecilia Menj{\'i}var",
year = "2014",
month = "11",
day = "8",
doi = "10.1177/0002764214537268",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "58",
pages = "1805--1819",
journal = "American Behavioral Scientist",
issn = "0002-7642",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "13",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The “Poli-Migra”

T2 - Multilayered Legislation, Enforcement Practices, and What We Can Learn About and From Today’s Approaches

AU - Menjívar, Cecilia

PY - 2014/11/8

Y1 - 2014/11/8

N2 - This article discusses what we know about immigration law in the lives of Latinos today and what we learn from this knowledge to possibly establish links beyond specific case studies. We know a great deal about the multilayered enforcement regime in place today—the federal, state, and local level laws and ordinances and the various enforcement strategies—which act all at once in highly articulated fashion to affect the lives of immigrants, their families, and communities. What we learn from this accumulated knowledge—the unevenness of enforcement across contexts, the heterogeneity of experiences among Latinos as not all are affected in the same way, and the short- and possible long-term effects—can be helpful for theorizing more broadly about immigrant incorporation and can also serve to formulate sound policy reform.

AB - This article discusses what we know about immigration law in the lives of Latinos today and what we learn from this knowledge to possibly establish links beyond specific case studies. We know a great deal about the multilayered enforcement regime in place today—the federal, state, and local level laws and ordinances and the various enforcement strategies—which act all at once in highly articulated fashion to affect the lives of immigrants, their families, and communities. What we learn from this accumulated knowledge—the unevenness of enforcement across contexts, the heterogeneity of experiences among Latinos as not all are affected in the same way, and the short- and possible long-term effects—can be helpful for theorizing more broadly about immigrant incorporation and can also serve to formulate sound policy reform.

KW - contradictions in law

KW - federal law

KW - multilayered system

KW - state-level laws

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84908541368&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84908541368&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0002764214537268

DO - 10.1177/0002764214537268

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84908541368

VL - 58

SP - 1805

EP - 1819

JO - American Behavioral Scientist

JF - American Behavioral Scientist

SN - 0002-7642

IS - 13

ER -