Lessons in Immigration Reform: Impact of Policy on Immigration

Keynote Address by Dr. Katharine Donato, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Donato's talk will address the consequences of key immigration reforms made in the 1990s and their implications for future reform. Economic policies such as NAFTA encouraged a dramatic increase in undocumented immigration while border enforcement efforts simultaneously intensified. Increased border security has resulted in immigrants being more likely to migrate to the U.S. by hiring guides and less likely to return home. These patterns of often self-defeating legislation point to the need for a significantly different approach to immigration.

Katharine Donato is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and Editor of the American Sociological Review.  Her work focuses on how United States and Mexican immigration policies affect both countries – particularly in the areas of gender, employment, education, health and social services. She has written numerous papers on immigration, including "What Do We Know About Undocumented Migration?," which appeared in the Annual Review of Sociology. She also edited and contributed to a special volume called Continental Divides: International Migration in the Americas.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Justice


Monday, 15 April, 2013


Diana Moyer



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