Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"The migrants got wise and simply went around built-up sectors and crossed through empty deserts, sparsely populated ranch land, and wild sections of the Rio Grande... The financial costs of border-crossing were nonetheless driven upward... the average cost of hiring a coyote or border smuggler tripled... Unfortunately, however, Mexicans did not respond to the new costs and risks of border crossing by deciding not to migrate... the probability that a Mexican male or female would decide to undertake a first undocumented trip to the U.S. changed little from 1980 to the present. For men the probability has fluctuated between 1% and 2% while for females it has never exceeded a fraction of 1%. Rather than responding to the increased costs and risks of border crossing by staying home, Mexicans without documents instead hunkered down and stayed once they had successfully achieved entry. ...they postponed their return to remain longer in the United States and as they did so rates of return migration steadily fell... U.S. census data [shows] how the rate of Mexican population growth in the United States accelerated during the 1990s compared with the 1980s and earlier. The ultimate effect of restrictive border policies was to double the net rate of undocumented population growth, making Hispanics the nation’s largest minority years before Census Bureau demographers had projected—not because more Mexicans were coming but because fewer were going home."
"When Less is More: Border Enforcement and Undocumented Migration," Congressional Hearing, Mar. 20, 2007
Experts Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
President, American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2006-present
Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2005-present
Member, American Philosophical Society, 2004-present
Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Princeton University, 2003-2005
Otis Dudley Duncan Award, 2004
Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor, Department of Sociology, Graduate Group in Demography, and Lauder Program in International Studies, 1994-2003
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 1987-1994
Professor, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1990-1994
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1985-1987
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1985
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Group in Demography, University of California at Berkeley, 1979-1980
Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1979
Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, 1978-1979
Senior Prize, Vereinigung der Freunde des Deutschen Instituts für
Wirtschaftsforschung (Association of Friends of the German Institute for Social Research–Berlin)
PhD, Sociology, Princeton University, 1978
MA, Sociology, Princeton University, 1977
BA, Anthropology, Psychology, Spanish, Western Washington University, 1974