PublicSquare Seminars

The seminar outlines the dysfunctional policy decisions that gave rise to an undocumented population that peaked at 12 million persons in 2008. It reviews what has happened to that population in subsequent years, focusing on the changing circumstances in Mexico and Central America and policy decisions taken during the Obama Administration. It concludes with a look at the policies unleashed by the Trump administration and their mismatch with the realities of traffic on the Mexico-U.S. border and the actual security needs of the United States.

Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His award-winning publications include Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration. Since 1982 he has also co-directed (with Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara), the Mexican Migration Project that was created to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The recipient of many research grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Massey has also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Montecito Bank & Trust, Mitchell Kauffman and Joanne Moran.

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Seminar Readings

Douglas S. Massey, “Today’s U.S.-Mexico ‘Border Crisis’ in 6 charts,” The Conversation, June 27, 2018
Douglas S. Massey, “America’s Immigration Policy Fiasco: Learning from Past Mistakes,” Daedalus, vol. 142, no. 3, 2013, pp. 5-15

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