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US Immigration Policy and the 21st Century Conundrum of “Child Saving”: A Human Rights, Law and Social Science, Political, Economic, and Philosophical Inquiry

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISBN: 978-1-78441-568-6, eISBN: 978-1-78441-567-9

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 3 January 2015

Abstract

This chapter examines the conundrum of juvenile immigration law and policy and argues that it is a present-day manifestation of “child-saving” in rhetoric, disposition, and human capital harm. In support of this thesis, the chapter reviews the pertinent human rights, law, and social science evidence, and it concludes that the maintenance of the nation’s existing immigration policy only makes sense within the context of the intentions of the 19th century child-saving movement. To substantiate this view, the political-economic drivers of contemporary US immigration policy (i.e., its child-saving dynamics) are explored. The chapter concludes by speculatively addressing the character (i.e., the form and quality) of modern-day juvenile immigration policy as child-saving informed by the philosophy and criticism of Psychological Jurisprudence (PJ).

Citation

Lorén Trull, S. and Arrigo, B.A. (2015), "US Immigration Policy and the 21st Century Conundrum of “Child Saving”: A Human Rights, Law and Social Science, Political, Economic, and Philosophical Inquiry", Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 66), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 179-225. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720150000066006

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