Stanford Law and Policy Review

 

From Denial to Acceptance: Effectively Regulating Immigration to the United States” (2005)

"U.S. immigration policy is based on denial. Most lawmakers in the United States have largely embraced the process of economic 'globalization,' yet stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that increased migration, especially from developing nations to developed nations, is an integral and inevitable part of this process. Instead, they continue an impossible quest that began shortly after World War II: the creation of a transnational market in goods and services without a corresponding transnational market for the workers who make those goods and provide those services. In defiance of economic logic, U.S. lawmakers formulate immigration policies to regulate the entry of foreign workers into the country that are largely unrelated to the economic policies they formulate to regulate international commerce. Even in the case of Mexico—with which the United States shares a two-thousand-mile border, a hundred-year history of labor migration, and two decades of purposeful economic integration—the U.S. government tries to impose the same arbitrary limits on immigration as it does on a country as remote as Mongolia. Moreover, while the global trade of goods, services, and capital is regulated through multilateral institutions and agreements, U.S. policymakers persist in viewing immigration as primarily a matter of domestic law enforcement..."