Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and Families by Marjorie S. ZatzDreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and Families by Marjorie S. Zatz

Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and Families

byMarjorie S. Zatz, Nancy Rodriguez

Paperback | May 1, 2015

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Dreams and Nightmarestakes a critical look at the challenges and dilemmas of immigration policy and practice in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. The experiences of children and youth provide a prism through which the interwoven dynamics and consequences of immigration policy become apparent. Using a unique sociolegal perspective, authors Zatz and Rodriguez examine the mechanisms by which immigration policies and practices mitigate or exacerbate harm to vulnerable youth. They pay particular attention to prosecutorial discretion, assessing its potential and limitations for resolving issues involving parental detention and deportation, unaccompanied minors, and Dreamers who came to the United States as young children. The book demonstrates how these policies and practices offer a means of prioritizing immigration enforcement in ways that alleviate harm to children, and why they remain controversial and vulnerable to political challenges.
Marjorie S. Zatzis Vice Provost and Graduate Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced.Nancy Rodriguezis Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.
Title:Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2015Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520283066

ISBN - 13:9780520283060


Table of Contents


1. Introduction and Historical Context
2. Prosecutorial Discretion: A Mechanism for Balancing Competing Goals
3. Legislative Inaction and Executive Action: Mixed Status Families, the Dreamer Movement, and DACA
4. Families Torn Apart: Parental Detention and Deportation
5. No Good Options: Unaccompanied Minors in the US Immigration System
6. Conclusions and Recommendations


Editorial Reviews

"Well written and engaging... This book is sure to make a significant impact in migration studies for its emphasis on the challenges that emerge when the immigration and criminal justice systems collide."