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In the most recent Law & Society Review

Reconfiguring the Deserving Refugee: Cultural Categories of Worth and the Making of US Asylum Policy
Talia Shiff Lecturer on Sociology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program Harvard University @Talia_Shiff

Contemporary US asylum policy is characterized by two seemingly contradictory developments: on the one hand, increasing restrictions placed on the admission of immigrants and asylum seekers, and on the other handa growing acceptance of a new set of asylum claims involving previously unrecognized forms of gender-related harms. In Reconfiguring the Deserving Refugee: Cultural Categories of Worth and the Making of US Asylum Policy, Talia Shiff sets  to explain this puzzle: how is it that during a period of growing hostility towards asylum seekers at large, there is an increasingly inclusive approach towards non-conventional gender-based claims such as rape, female genital cutting and domestic violence that do not involve standard forms of government-sponsored persecution of well-r…

In the most recent Law & Society Review

Jailing Immigrant Detainees: A National Study of County Participation in Immigration Detention, 1983-2013
Emily Ryo Professor of Law & Sociology University of Southern California Gould School of Law Ian Peacock Ph.D. Candidate University of California, Los Angeles Department of Sociology

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pays hundreds of county jails in the United States to detain immigrants facing removal proceedings.Removal proceedings are civil proceedings against individuals alleged to have violated immigration laws.Immigration detention therefore presents a striking case of how penal institutions are used for civil confinement purposes.Yet we know very little about what types of counties have come to participate in this arrangement and the predictors of their participation.Using diverse sources of county-level data that span multiple decades, we conducted the first national study of the role of local jails in confining immigrant detainees.Our analysis of this co…

In the most recent Law & Society Review

On the Radar: Why Immigrant ‘Legality’ Can Feel as Scary as Immigrant ‘Illegality’

Photo by Harrison Truong 


Asad L. Asad Assistant Professor of Sociology  Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Stanford University @asasad

Under contemporary U.S. immigration policy, both “legal” and “illegal” immigrants are vulnerable to deportation. Sociologist Asad L. Asad’s article in Law & Society Review, “On the Radar: System Embeddedness and Latin American Immigrants’ Perceived Risk of Deportation,” asks what this shared vulnerability means for whether and how undocumented and documented immigrants fear deportation. He describes the perceptions and experiences of Latin American families recruited from their residential neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas.
Asad’s analysis reveals the perverse incentives the U.S. immigration system creates for immigrants seeking to balance their long-term commitment to this country with a desire to respect the law. First, immigrants…

Knowledge is power? Think again.

In the most recent issue of the Review, Kathryne M. Young and Katie R. Billings reported on their study of people’s willingness to assert rights in a variety of encounters with police, including interrogations, home searches, and car searches.They found that not only is knowledge of constitutional rights unrelated to rights assertion,[1] but patterns of police-citizen interactions are related to social class.People from modest backgrounds were likely to approach police stops with more willingness to help the police and more skepticism that police would heed their rights assertions. People from upper-middle-class backgrounds, on the other hand, brought a greater sense of entitlement and self-directedness to these interactions, making them more likely to assert their rights. Their findings contravene the U.S. Supreme Court’s long-held assumption that informing people about a constitutional right means they will be empowered to assert that right.Not so —hidden social processes actually r…