The Historic Consolidation of Irregular Migration in the United States: Restrictive, Ineffective, and Demagogic Migration Laws and Policies

  • Elisa Ortega Velázquez INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES JURÍDICAS DE LA UNAM
Keywords: irregular immigration, immigration laws, migratory policies, migratory controls, irregular immigrants, United States,

Abstract

 This article analyzes the consolidation of irregular migration in the United States in history. First, the author reviews the immigration control laws and policies since its regulation began. Secondly, she analyzes their role in the consolidation of irregular immigration, concluding that they fail to produce the desired results because they have contributed to an increase in irregular migration, the exact opposite of their objectives of control and reduction. She also puts forward the idea that a certain amount of irregular immigration could decrease if the laws’ defects and irrationalities were addressed. 

Author Biography

Elisa Ortega Velázquez, INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES JURÍDICAS DE LA UNAM
Investigadora de tiempo completo en el área de Derecho Internacional del Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM. Doctora en Derecho y Maestra en Derecho Público por la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, y Licenciada en Derecho por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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Published
2017-09-26
How to Cite
Ortega Velázquez, E. (2017). The Historic Consolidation of Irregular Migration in the United States: Restrictive, Ineffective, and Demagogic Migration Laws and Policies. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 12(1), 198-232. https://doi.org/10.20999/nam.2017.a006
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