2012 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy
from 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Immigration reforms initiated in the 1960s are widely thought to have opened the door to mass immigration from Asia and Latin America by eliminating past discriminatory policies. While this may be true for Asians, it is not the case for Latin Americans, who faced more restrictions. The boom in Latin American migration occurred in spite of rather than because of changes in U.S. immigration law. Restrictions placed on the legal entry of Latin Americans, and especially Mexicans, set off a chain of events that in the ensuing decades had the perverse effect of producing more rather than fewer Latino immigrants. Massey offers an explanation for how and why Latinos, in just 40 years, went from 9.6 million people and 5% of the population to 51 million people and 16% of the population, and why so many are now present without authorization.
Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is current or past-president of the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His books include American Apartheid (Harvard University Press, 1993), which won the Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association; Miracles on the Border (University of Arizona Press, 1995), which won the 1996 Southwest Book Award; Beyond Smoke and Mirrors (Russell Sage, 2002), which won the 2004 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for the best book in social demography; and Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times (Russell Sage 2010).