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Compassionate Migration and Regional Policy in the Americas

Editors: Bender, Steven W., Arrocha, William F. (Eds.)

  • Advocates a transformation in migration policy throughout the Americas, with an emphasis on compassionate immigration reform
  • Presents a critique of, and alternatives to, federal enforcement-based regulatory focus and restrictive immigration policies
  • Foregrounds often ignored regional aspects, considerations, and voices in migration policymaking
  • Contains contributions from scholars across the humanities, social sciences, law, public policy, conflict studies as well as NGO professionals and policymaking experts
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About this book

This book explores the contested notion of compassionate migration in its discourse and practice. In the context of today's migration patterns within the Americas, compassionate migration can play a fundamental role in responding to the hardships that many migrants suffer before, during, and after their journeys. This volume explores the boundaries of compassion from legal, political, philosophical, and interdisciplinary perspectives, and supplies examples where state and non-state actors engage in practices of compassion and humanity through formal and informal regimes. Despite the lack of a concise and precise definition of the concept and practice of compassionate migration, all authors in this volume agree on the pressing need for more humane and compassionate treatment for those leaving their home country behind in search of a better life.

About the authors

Steven W. Bender is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Seattle University School of Law, USA. 
William F. Arrocha is Assistant Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, USA.                                                                                                                                       

Reviews

“Compassionate Migration offers a rich, timely and persuasive examination of how regional cooperation may best address the complex immigration questions of our time. By reminding us of the need to offer compassion in law and policy, Compassionate Migration bestows us with a blueprint for a humanistic and just immigration policy.” (Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law & Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, University of California at Davis School of Law, USA)

“A fascinating and timely book that provides key elements for demystifying a deeply misunderstood phenomenon of our times, which has risen to the top of the political agenda, particularly in light of the recent US presidential election. The notion of compassionate migration introduced in this edited volume is not a simplistic ethical plea for a humanitarian approach to migration; it offers strong arguments ―from an interdisciplinary perspective― for a necessary debate on the real causes and implications of migration for sending, transit and receiving countries in the Americas. The navigational chart in this debate should encompass, as the editors argue, ‘a hemispheric dialogue’ with the common goal of ‘encountering, countering, and preventing dehumanization and for promoting human dignity and social justice.” (Raúl Delgado Wise, UNESCO Chair on Migration, Development and Human Rights, and President of the International Network on Migration and Development at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico)

“Unlike most books on immigration, the emphasis here is on constructing a framing that includes both South and North America. Further, one critical normative dimension is captured in a modest but brutally clear concept: compassion. These two organizing vectors open up the debate in ways that are enabling and avoid the pitfalls of analyses merely centered in how to control migrations.” (Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Expulsions)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bender, Steven W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • So Far From Compassion: The U.S.-Centric and Exclusionary Framework of Current and Past Immigration Policy

    Bender, Steven W.

    Pages 17-20

  • The Power of Exclusion: Congress, Courts, and the Plenary Power

    Romero, Victor C.

    Pages 21-32

  • The Subnational Response: Local Intervention in Immigration Policy and Enforcement

    McKanders, Karla

    Pages 33-52

  • Federal Regulatory Policymaking and Enforcement of Immigration Law

    Hing, Bill Ong

    Pages 53-69

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55074-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: May 19, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55073-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Compassionate Migration and Regional Policy in the Americas
Editors
  • Steven W. Bender
  • William F. Arrocha
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55074-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55074-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55073-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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