Arguing for Amnesty

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This commentary addresses scholars and activists in liberal national states who advocate on behalf of undocumented immigrants, and offers some reflections on some of the intellectual and political challenges we encounter. I will suggest that the nature of our standard arguments on behalf of immigrants can sometimes give too much ground to current social conditions, and that we may - in our efforts to remain immediately policy-relevant - relinquish the opportunity to develop more fundamental social criticism of existing immigration relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-442
Number of pages11
JournalLaw, Culture and the Humanities
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Law


  • Undocumented immigrant
  • abolition and anti-slavery
  • amnesty
  • ideal theory
  • illegal immigration
  • legalization
  • progressive thought
  • realism
  • slavery


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