Immigration reform and border security are each controversial issues in American political life in their own right. Further complications arise because actions taken in one arena have severe impacts on the other. Any change in immigration policy will bring about new homeland security concerns, and new border security policies will create new difficulties for those who wish to see progress made on immigration. In Immigration, Assimilation, and Border Security, author Yoku Shaw-Taylor presents a comprehensive view of the relationship between immigration and border security, and the unique challenges posed by this relationship. This book begins with a history of immigration and customs services that goes back to 1789, and it shows how attitudes about immigration have shifted over the years. It then examines developments in immigration policy, especially since 9/11, and the difficulties they present for border security and immigration reform. Finally it offers a view to the future of immigration policy and how it can mesh with the demands of securing the homeland.
The book includes real-life stories of difficult incidents that arise due to the complicated relationship between immigration and border security. It contains valuable information for students and scholars alike, and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of immigration and national security policy.