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Monthly Meeting: Immigration Reform

For May’s mtg, I thought we’d try something (a bit) different. Most books on immigration that look good are $40 textbooks, so I thought we’d read one book Neil found that's by a quality scholar of immigration/race and several thorough on-line articles on immigration policy/reform from prominent think-tanks/advocates. The articles add to about 80pp of text.  As always, don’t feel you have to read everything, but the book should be really good and the articles especially useful to our discussion.

Book: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration, Douglas S. Massey. A 2003 paperback, 215pp. The San Diego CITY library has 8 copies.


From the Immigration Policy Center:

1.The basic pro-reform case (22pp, pdf): [My #1 pick.]

2. Facts and policy choices (24pp, pdf) 24pp pdf.  [My #2 pick.]

From the Center for American Progress:

1. Principles of M reform (25pp, pdf):

Lastly: My life as an Illegal Immigrant!

See you at Monica's at the Park! Also, next Monday, May 6, my other group, Civilized Conversation, will be discussing immigration reform. See:

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  • Jim

    Agree/disagree, it's fun either way!

    May 25, 2013

  • Neil V

    Great discussion, as always

    May 25, 2013

  • John W

    I've spent half my life in companies with lots of H1 and L1 visa workers and green card holders, etc., so if anyone has any questions on Saturday about how it works in science and engineering, I'd be happy to try to answer.

    May 20, 2013

  • David G.

    I just cracked the book. I'm so sorry. I had no inkling it would be so technical. I've read stuff by one of the authors before, and it was simple and straightforward. Amazon gave no clue. To assist you all, here's a link to my other group, that discussed immigration reform just recently. At the end of the post, there are 5-6 links to some basic info on illegal immigration, how our legal immigration system works, and some other issues. I've noted which ones are the best for understanding the ABCs of reform. I'll se you on Saturday.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jim

    Regarding last month's topic:
    Another large asteroid will be passing near earth on May 31st. With all our attention focused on climate change may we be ignoring a much more serious threat to planet earth? The prevailing theory is the dinosaurs were wiped out by a huge asteroid strike. The general solution to climate change is de-industrialization - tearing down the very industries we need to build the rockets and space vehicles needed to defend earth from these rogue rocks. Might we be saving Mother Earth from the equivalent of a stuffy nose only to leave her exposed to being shot by an assault rifle?

    May 17, 2013

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