Funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, John Skrentny is part of a team of political scientists, led by Theda Skocpol and Larry Jacobs, who joined forces to provide “a detailed and sweeping set of assessments of the accomplishments, limits, and political dramas of the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency during the 111th Congress.” While Skrentny focused on immigration, other scholars analyzed a broad set of reform areas, including health care, the financial regulation, higher education, organized labor, K-12 education, energy and tax policy.
State against Migrants: The Politics of Deportation in Germany and the United States
Seminar to be held in ERC 115 at 2:00 pm.
In her talk, which is based on her recent book States Against Migrants, a comparative study of the contemporary politics of deportation in Germany and the United States, Antje Ellermann examines the capacity of the liberal state to make and implement deportation policy. By tracing the politics of deportation across the entire policy cycle—starting with political agenda-setting and ending with street-level implementation— Ellermann is able to show that the deportation capacity of the state systematically varies across policy stages. While the capacity to pass deportation law is contingent upon strong institutional linkages between the public and legislators—allowing for the representation of diffuse interests—the capacity for implementation depends upon the political insulation of bureaucrats. In addition to uncovering variation across policy stages, Ellermann also finds that deportation capacity varies across countries, reflecting differences in political institutions.
Antje Ellermann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and writes on the politics of international migration in advanced democracies, the study of the state and state capacity, and comparative public policy and its implementation. She is the author of States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States (Cambridge, 2009). Her research on issues of immigration control, state coercion, and migrant resistance has also been published in Comparative Political Science, Politics & Society, West European Politics, and Government and Opposition. She has been the recipient of research grants by the Social Science Research Council in the United States, and, in Canada, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
On October 4th, four members of the CCIS team – led by David FitzGerald, Sam Bazzi, Angela Garcia, and Jonathan Hicken – joined the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC to privately brief congressional staffers in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room on the results of their latest research on the effects of border and interior enforcement on unauthorized Mexican migration to the United States.
As with many issues, voters want it both ways on immigration, said John Skrentny, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego. Many want a small government but expansive government programs, he noted, or lower taxes but excellent schools.
“A lot of us have contradictory views on different things,” he said.
One of the worst things ever invented — clocking in just after Furbies, but before fist-pumping bros — are three-hour classes. After sitting through five grueling courses, I know firsthand how tedious they can be. It takes a special kind of charm to make these gabfests into something students bother attending, but for sociology professor John Skrentny, it’s just another day at the office.
The cards seem to be stacked against him: a three-hour class that runs into the evening, lectures on the sociological nuances of law and a massive room that makes sleeping both inconspicuous and ideal. Instead, the man turned water into wine — he gestured, he chuckled, he paced, he joked. Skrentny’s teaching style is based on the Pied Piper, leading his students to their ideological destination before they even realize they’re following. Skrentny spends class time telling funny stories about his childhood, asking for students’ opinions on current sociological matters and discussing the facets of law. The man has turned teaching into a performance art.
Plenty of people will tell you his classes are easy and — true enough — it is possible to scrape by with minimal studying, which is a testament to his ability to make a complex concept seem simple. Soon, you’ll forget you’ve been watching the Piper play for the past few hours, paralyzed by his teaching finesse and ready to follow his analysis.
Jose Zapata Calderon, a professor of sociology and Chicano studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, pointed to research out of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego that found fewer immigrants wanted to cross the border last year, because jobs are scarce.
“What comes into play is the economic crisis that began in 2007,” Calderon said. “They don’t leave their country just out of wanting to. They leave because of the lack of jobs and the lack of security in terms of survival.”
Introduction and Panel 1. What role do low-skilled migrants play in the Japanese and American labor markets?
Panel 2. What role do high-skilled migrants play in the Japanese and American labor markets?
Panel 3. Similarities, Differences, & comparative perspectives on low- & high-skilled migration
Panel 4. Alternatives to migration? Education, mechanization, wages, the role of women
Panel 5. The Politics of migration in Japan, Asia and the US
Panel 6. The US and Japan’s Immigration Dilemmas in Comparative Perspective
UC San Diego. The Weaver Center. September 10th & 11th, 2010. 10:00am-5:00pm Click here to download the complete agenda »
This event is sponsored by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership with generous support from the Center for Research on Immigration, Population, and Public Policy at UC Irvine; the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at UC San Diego; and the Center for Pacific Economies at the school of International and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.
The Orange County Register has released the first two parts of a four part series which looks at Immigration and California. Director Emeritus Wayne Cornelius was referenced in Part 2 of the series as shown below.
California relies more on immigrant labor than any other state and almost any developed country. That’s the result of decades-long economic and demographic shifts as well as political choices.
More than 10 million undocumented immigrants have moved to the United States since Congress vowed a crackdown in 1986. A key reason: the government’s failure to lock them out of jobs.
Illegal immigrants surveyed by retired UC San Diego political scientist Wayne Cornelius and his students said that while most employers asked for identification, almost half of the employers knew they were unauthorized and another 11 percent probably knew.
“Current Migration Trends from Mexico: What Are the Impacts of the Economic Crisis and U.S. Enforcement Strategy?”, by Wayne Cornelius, UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, presented to congressional staff June 8, 2009. Copy provided by Cornelius to the Register. “Almost half”: 49.6 percent, according to the survey of illegal immigrants.
Immigrants have driven down wages in low-skilled trades. But they’ve made life easier for middle- and upper-income Californians.
Changing U.S. immigration policy means grappling with polarizing choices – like amnesty and a national ID card.
The book Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States has just been released. Edited by Monica Varsanyi, Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, it is the result of a 2008 conference hosted by CCIS.
CCIS Director John Skrentny was recently interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered. Listen to the audio below or visit the NPR website for the complete transcript and more information.