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The Advocate’S Dilemma: Framing Migrant Rights In National Settings, Maria Lorena Cook Jan 2010

The Advocate’S Dilemma: Framing Migrant Rights In National Settings, Maria Lorena Cook

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This article identifies and explores the dilemma of migrant advocacy in advanced industrial democracies, focusing specifically on the contemporary United States. On the one hand, universal norms such as human rights, which are theoretically well suited to advancing migrants’ claims, may have little resonance within national settings. On the other hand, the debates around which immigration arguments typically turn, and the terrain on which advocates must fight, derive their values and assumptions from a nation-state framework that is self-limiting. The article analyzes the limits of human rights arguments, discusses the pitfalls of engaging in national policy debates, and details the ...


The Changing Nature Of The Workforce: The Influence Of U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Mar 1991

The Changing Nature Of The Workforce: The Influence Of U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] As the United States enters the last decade of the 20th century, its labor market is in transformation. New forces that are restructuring the nation's employment patterns are altering the demand for labor. At the same time, the labor supply is in a period of rapid growth in size and unprecedented changes in composition. Assessing the evolving situation, then Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole proclaimed in late 1989 that the nation's labor force was "woefully inadequate to meet the changes that lie ahead." Many other knowledgeable observers have expressed similar concerns. The nature of the workforce is ...


Labor Market Transformation: The Role Of U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Oct 1990

Labor Market Transformation: The Role Of U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] As the United States enters the last decade of the 20th Century, its labor market is in a state of transformation. A marked break has occurred in both the evolutionary patterns of employment growth (i.e., labor demand) and in the growth and composition of the labor force (i.e., labor supply). Unprecedented adjustment requirements are being placed upon the U.S. labor market. In such an environment, there can be no assumption that the labor force can automatically adjust to the changes. Policy priority should be given to comprehensive programmatic efforts to develop the employment potential of the ...


Forum: Immigration Policy And Skill Shortages, Stephen Moore, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Aug 1990

Forum: Immigration Policy And Skill Shortages, Stephen Moore, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] The shortage of a skilled labor force has caused some U.S. employers to look outside national boundaries to fill their needs and caused lawmakers to attempt to alleviate the problem through legislation. But do exceptions to immigration laws in areas of shortages help employers in the long run, or do they keep employers from developing "home-grown" workers to fill their needs? ERW asked two experts their views on the subject. Their answers follow


Efficiency And Equity As Goals For Contemporary U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Oct 1989

Efficiency And Equity As Goals For Contemporary U.S. Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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As the United States has entered its postindustrial stage of economic development, mass immigration has again become a distinguishing feature of the U.S. economy. In all of its diverse forms, immigration presently accounts for anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of the annual growth of the U.S. labor force. By the turn of the 21st century, it could conceivably comprise all of such growth. Immigration is the one aspect of population and labor force growth that public policy should be able to shape and control. Unfortunately, however, the extant public policies that govern the size and composition of the ...


Methods Of Analysis Of Illegal Immigration Into The United States, Vernon M. Briggs Jr. Sep 1984

Methods Of Analysis Of Illegal Immigration Into The United States, Vernon M. Briggs Jr.

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"A major barrier to the discussion of the scope and impact of illegal immigration on the American economy has been the inadequacy of existing data. Although data problems are not unique to this topic, the limited availability of macro-data on the size of the annual flows and of the accumulated stock of individuals as well as of micro-data on their influences on selected labor markets has been effectively used to forestall policy reform efforts."


The Quest For An Enforceable Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Oct 1979

The Quest For An Enforceable Immigration Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] The central point of concern for the nation and its economic policy makers at this juncture is the recognition that there is a prima facie case that the existing immigration statutes of the United States are totally unenforceable. A comprehensive reform of the system is imperative.


Illegal Immigration And The American Labor Force: The Use Of “Soft” Data For Analysis, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Jan 1976

Illegal Immigration And The American Labor Force: The Use Of “Soft” Data For Analysis, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] In late 1974, the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of the U.S. Department of Justice publicly stated that “the United States us being overrun by illegal aliens” and, he warned, “we are seeing just the beginning of the problem.” During that 1974 fiscal year, when 788,000 illegal aliens were actually apprehended by INS, the INS estimated that the number of undetected illegal aliens who entered the United States in that year ranged upward to 4 million people. Moreover, the INS estimated the accumulated number of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States in ...


La Confrontacion Del Chicano Con El Inmigrante Mexicano, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Jan 1976

La Confrontacion Del Chicano Con El Inmigrante Mexicano, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] El gobernador de California, Jerry Brown, ha senalado que Estados Unidos esta. entrando en una nueva etapa en su evolucion historica. Se refiere a ella como una "era de limites". Las sendas del pasado no pueden ser proyectadas al futuro. Estados Unidos ya no es una nacion de recursos sin limites, de fronteras sin fin y de mano de obra relativamente escasa. Ya sea que el topico resida en el uso de la energia, conservation de los recursos, igual oportunidad de empleo, crecimiento de la poblacion, o inmigracion, los acontecimientos actuales y las tendencias futuras exigen que se corte ...


Illegal Aliens: The Need For A More Restrictive Border Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr Dec 1975

Illegal Aliens: The Need For A More Restrictive Border Policy, Vernon M. Briggs Jr

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[Excerpt] In late 1974, the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice publicly stated that “the United States us being overrun by illegal aliens” and, he warned, “we are seeing just the beginning of the problem.” During that 1974 fiscal year, 788,000 illegal aliens were actually apprehended by INS. Of greater significance, however, is the fact that INS estimated that the number of undetected illegal aliens who entered the United States in that year ranged upwards to 4 million people. Moreover, the INS estimated the accumulated number of illegal aliens currently residing ...