Special Issue "Immigration and Global Migration: Politics, Policy, and Human Rights Immigration Reform and the Politics of Immigration"


A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson

School of Law, University of California, Davis, Rm. 2020 King Hall, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Website: http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/johnson/
Interests: immigration law and policy; refugee law; complex litigation; civil procedure (including civil litigation and complex litigation); civil rights; critical race theory; critical latina/o theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For close to a decade, there has been discussion of “comprehensive immigration reform” in the United States, as well as developing nations around the world. Reform proposals in many different countries generally address enforcement, labor migration (with a focus on increasing migration of skilled labor), national security, and controlling the flow of refugees. In the United States, immigration reform in general terms would include a path to legalization (or amnesty) for the 11-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the country, changes to the rules for legal immigration, and increased border enforcement. In addition, a potent political movement of college students emerged calling for congressional enactment of the “DREAM Act,” which, among other things, would regularize the immigration status of undocumented college students. At the same time, with congressional action, a number of states, including Arizona, passed their own immigration enforcement laws, which required local police to participate in immigration enforcement and provoking cries of racism from Latina/os (U.S. citizens as well as immigrants. While U.S. immigration reform may influence changes to other nations’ immigration laws, local politics, conditions, and migration patterns will influence the reform in any particular nation.

Scholars can offer important insights on what immigration reform should look like in its particulars, which unquestionably will continue to be a subject of significant debate in many nations.

Prof. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson
Guest Editor


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  • amnesty
  • border enforcement
  • civil rights
  • global migration
  • human rights
  • immigration
  • immigration reform
  • labor migration
  • migration
  • national security
  • national sovereignty

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p. 117-140
Laws 2014, 3(1), 117-140; doi:10.3390/laws3010117
Received: 23 November 2013 / Revised: 20 January 2014 / Accepted: 22 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(1), 61-84; doi:10.3390/laws3010061
Received: 8 November 2013 / Revised: 11 January 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 233-243; doi:10.3390/laws2030233
Received: 25 June 2013 / Revised: 8 August 2013 / Accepted: 16 August 2013 / Published: 21 August 2013
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