Train Wreck

US Immigration and Border Policy 1965-2010

Train Wreck

Doug Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, discusses why border enforcement has failed as a policy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Despite the massive increase in border enforcement after 1986, undocumented population growth did not decrease, but rose. In this talk I undertake a systematic analysis of border enforcement as a policy for immigration control. Empirical results explain not only why it failed, but how and why it backfired. In the end, the militarization of the border did not increase the probability of apprehension at the border or reduce the likelihood of unauthorized entry; but it did dramatically change the geography of border crossing, increase the costs of undocumented migration, and elevate the physical risks of border crossing. Ironically, these trends had no effect on the likelihood of undocumented departure for the United States, but instead reduced the probability undocumented returns back to Mexico, thereby increasing the net volume of undocumented migration and accelerating undocumented population growth.

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Download File: Massey-Event-ya-tb2.pdf

Sponsor(s): California Center for Population Research, Center for the Study of International Migration, the Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility Working Group, Center for Mexican Studies