Address: Hunter College, CUNY
City: New York, New York - 10065
Country: United States
Immigration & Citizenship
State and Local Politics
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
I am broadly interested in how American politics has been shaped by immigration and immigration control policies. My research on U.S. immigration policy and policy history at the national, state, and local levels. My book, Illegal, Alien or Immigrant (New York University Press 2008) examines the relationship between political discourse about immigration, the use of immigration myths, and policy changes in the 1980s and 1990s. I also conduct research on conflict and cooperation between states and Washington, DC on immigration issues, and have several articles in academic journals on the subject.
ABSTRACT While attempts to reform immigration policy have stalled in the U.S. Congress, statehouses across the country are responsible for an explosion in immigration lawmaking. This study uses an intergovernmental relations framework to identify shifting allocations of authority and contested scales of jurisdiction that now characterise the U.S. immigration policy. It presents an analysis of more than 2200 state bills passed over eight years (2006–2013), and supplements this with a case study of drivers’ licence and identification laws. The study is unique in its consideration of the ways that dispersed authority in multi-level systems may amplify rather than defuse contentious immigration politics.
Explores political discourse about immigration and shifting debates about U.S. policy reforms in the 1980s and 1990s.
"Could Republicans hold a brokered convention?" by Stacy Delikat. Provided explanation of centested, brokered convention and issues involved should the Republican Party hold such a convention.
Discussion of Electoral College and implications for reform.
NY State midterm elections “Democratic Insurgents Topple 6 New York Senate Incumbents,”
Quoted on presidential candidate uses of the terms "illegal" and "undocumented" when addressing questions concerning unauthorized immigrants.
Quoted concerning Sen. Tom Cotton's claims that the Dream Act would lead to a jump in immigration numbers.