Strange Neighbors

9780814737804: Hardback
Release Date: 23rd May 2014

9780814764862: PDF
Release Date: 23rd May 2014

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 276

Series Citizenship and Migration in the Americas

NYU Press

Strange Neighbors

The Role of States in Immigration Policy

Hardback / £39.00
PDF / £42.00

Since its founding, the U.S. has struggled withissues of federalism and states’ rights. In almost every area of law, fromabortion to zoning, conflicts arise between the states and the federalgovernment over which entity is best suited to create and enforce laws. In thelast decade, immigration has been on the front lines of this debate, withstates such as Arizona taking an extremely assertive role in policingimmigrants within their borders. While Arizona and its notorious SB 1070 is themost visible example of states claiming expanded responsibility to make andenforce immigration law, it is far from alone. An ordinance inHazelton, Pennsylvania prohibited landlords from renting to the undocumented. Severalstates have introduced legislation to deny citizenship to babies who are bornto parents who are in the United States without authorization. Other stateshave also enacted legislation aimed at driving out unauthorized migrants.

Strange Neighbors explores the complicated and complicating roleof the states in immigration policy and enforcement, including voices from bothsides of the debate. While many contributors point to the dangers inherent instate regulation of immigration policy, at least two support it, while othersoffer empirically-based examinations of state efforts to regulate immigrationwithin their borders, pointing to wide, state-by-state disparities inlocally-administered immigration policies and laws. Ultimately, the book offersan extremely timely, thorough, and spirited discussion on an issue that willcontinue to dominate state and federal legislatures for years to come.

Gabriel J. Chin and Carissa Byrne Hessick
I. The Recent Spate of State and Local Immigration Regulation
 1. Measuring the Climate for Immigrants: A State-by-State Analysis
Huyen Pham and Pham Hoang Van
 2. How Arizona Became Ground Zero in the War on 40 Immigrants
Douglas S. Massey
II. Historical Antecedents to the Modern State and Local Efforts to Regulate Immigration
 3. “A War to Keep Alien Labor out of Colorado”: The “Mexican Menace” and the Historical Origins of Local and State Anti-Immigration Initiatives
Tom I. Romero II
III. A Defense of State and Local Efforts
 4. Reinforcing the Rule of Law: What States Can and Should Do to Reduce Illegal Immigration
Kris W. Kobach
 5. The States Enter the Illegal Immigration Fray 
John C. Eastman
IV. A Critical Evaluation of the New State Regulation
 6. Broken Mirror: The Unconstitutional Foundations of New State Immigration Enforcement
Gabriel J. Chin and Marc L. Miller
 7. The Role of States in the National Conversation on Immigration
Rick Su
 8. Post-Racial Proxy Battles over Immigration 
Mary Fan
About the Contributors

Carissa Byrne Hessick is Professor of Law at University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to joining the Utah faculty, Professor Hessick spent two years as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, and she taught as a Professor of Law at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Gabriel J. Chin is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law. His work on immigration and criminal law has been widely cited by scholars and courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The essays in Strange Neighbors provide new and timely insights into decades of debates about how laws, generated by state, local, and federal governments, create or mitigate the impact of national borders on millions of people—in and outside of the United States."-Judith Resnik,Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

"A new collection of essays…Strange Neighbors shines a much needed light on state immigration activities and reveals that the federal government’s impressive power over migrants’ lives is only one part of the story.”

"In Arizona v. United States (2012), the Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that invalidated core provisions of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, the controversial state immigration enforcement law that was a model for many states and localities seeking to buttress, and arguably expand on, federal immigration enforcement efforts. Strange Neighbors is one of the first book-length inquiries into the efforts by state and local governments to regulate immigration. With an insightful introduction by Jack Chin and Carissa Byrne Hessick, the book explains the emergence of state and local immigration enforcement laws, the historical antecedents to those laws, provide vigorous defenses of state and local immigration regulation by two of their most prominent advocates, and offer critical evaluations of the state and local efforts to regulate immigration. The authors of the chapters are leaders in the field and authors of some of the most exciting immigration law scholarship being published today. It goes without saying that Strange Neighbors is a 'must read' for anyone interested in immigration enforcement in the twenty-first century."-Kevin R. Johnson,Dean, UC Davis School of Law

"Hessick and Chin have assembled a provocative set of methodologically and ideologically diverse essays that will help shape the immigration policy debate across disciplines and in the public sphere. Together the contributions show how the turmoil surrounding Arizona’s SB 1070 illuminates a vibrant national debate with deep historical roots and important implications for the future of the American polity. Any scholar interested in federalism, law enforcement, and constitutional politics should turn to this volume for insight."-Cristina M. Rodríguez,Yale Law School

"This book provides context, perspective, and the reasoning behind both sides’ positions.  That makes it a valuable resource for anyone seriously interested in gaining a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the debate over federal and states’ rights in the immigration realm.”-The Federal Lawyer