How Immigration Politics Clash With Reality in the Swing State of Arizona

by Kevin Johnson

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This in-depth NPR report ("How immigration politics clash with reality in the swing state of Arizona"),  thoughtfully considers the complexities of life on the border and how popular demands to "close the border" simply is not possible. As one border resident put it, "I think for our federal government, they need to acknowledge that the whole border economy is dependent on this binational way of life," . . . It's frustrating that there's a lot of arguing back and forth and very little action and planning." As the comments suggest, commerce between the United States and Mexico is the lifeblood of the border region.

This post originally appeared on Immigration Prof Blog Reprinted with permission.

About The Author

Kevin Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award.

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