Migration and Borders: The Space for Contradiction

United States Tolerance and the Mexican Omission In practice, the phenomenon of labor migration works as a system of complementary components. What for one country is a process for immigrant arrivals, for the other is a process of emigration and people in transit. In order for the system to work, the logic of how these […]

The Perfect Storm and the Privatization of Public Higher Education

Ronald G. Ehrenberg is Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI). CHERI is financially supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., and the TIAA-CREF Institute. However, the views expressed here are solely his […]

A Century of Informality on the United States-Mexico Border

The present situation on the United States-Mexico border is not exactly new, but nearly a century old, and largely of the U.S.’s own making.[1. This historical background is drawn from my book, A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, and New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006).]  Mexican labor […]

Mexican Migrant Civic Participation in the United States

In the spring of 2006, more than three million immigrants—most of them originally from Mexico—marched through the streets of Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Detroit, Denver, Dallas, and dozens of other U.S. cities to protest peacefully for a comprehensive reform that would legalize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.[1. This […]