Criminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance

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Thursday, November 9 – Friday, November 10, 2017
Cornell University

In partnership with the Cornell Population Center and sponsorship from the Frank  H. T. Rhodes Annual Symposium Fund.

Today, nearly 245 million people live outside their country of birth, typically to escape dire economic conditions, political suppression, or wars at home. In many cases, their arrival in their host countries has not been met with complete enthusiasm, and in fact led to efforts to curtail the inflow of immigrants by implementing more restrictive immigration policies and stricter enforcement of existing policies. This “criminalization” of immigration affects migrants and their families, neighborhoods and communities, employers and labor markets, and sending and receiving nations.

This conference will examine the causes and the consequences of the criminalization of immigration, drawing on empirical projects from around the globe and from a range of disciplines. Topics include the impact of immigration enforcement on economic well-being and community cohesion; the responses of migrants, their families, and employers to increased efforts to detain and deport migrants; new patterns of inequality that emerge from greater enforcement; and state, municipal, and “third sector” responses to the changing needs of immigrant communities affected by detention and deportation.

Please see below for more information. RSVPs are necessary to attend Friday’s keynote and workshop. Please email to RSVP.

Thursday, November 9
Keynote Address
4:30PM, G10 Biotechnology Building

How Nation-States Enforce Boundaries: The Reconciliation of People and Markets Through Migration Policy
David Cook-Martín (Social Research and Public Policy, NYU – Abu Dhabi)

Followed by faculty panel with David Cook-Martín, Mathew Coleman (Ohio State University), Stephen Yale-Loehr (Cornell University). Moderated by Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University). This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 10
Morning Keynote Address
8:30AM, Conference Ampitheater, Statler Hotel

‘Cold Casing’ Racialized Police Power and the Closure of Law Enforcement
Mathew Coleman (Ohio State University).

Paper Presentations
Friday, November 10, 8:00AM-5:00PM, Conference Ampitheater, Statler Hotel

Confirmed Presenters include Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Amada Armenta, Asad L. Asad, Daniel Costa, Tanya Golash-Boza, Natasha Iskander, Margot Moinester, and Emily Ryo.

Organized by Filiz Garip (Cornell University, Sociology), Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations), and Matthew Hall (Cornell University, Policy Analysis & Management). Please contact us for more details.