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Dreams and NightmaresImmigration Policy, Youth, and Families$
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Marjorie S. Zatz and Nancy Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283053

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283053.001.0001

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and Recommendations

(p.157) Chapter 6 Conclusions and Recommendations
Dreams and Nightmares

Marjorie S. Zatz

Nancy Rodriguez

University of California Press

This chapter provides an overview of key findings, highlighting the policies and practices that exacerbate and reduce harm to unaccompanied minors, Dreamers who came to the United States as young children, U.S. citizen children in mixed-status families, and undocumented parents. We suggest ways in which our work informs related literatures on crimmigration, race and mass incarceration, and transnational family formation. We conclude with a series of recommendations for policymakers that we believe, based on our findings, will contribute to sounder immigration policy and practice. Primary among these is comprehensive immigration reform. In its absence, we suggest a number of mechanisms, including prosecutorial discretion and deferred action, that can help balance the competing goals of public safety and family unification within a context of limited resources. Finally, we urge that future immigration policy and practice explicitly consider the best interests of children.

Keywords:   crimmigration, immigration policy, prosecutorial discretion, comprehensive immigration reform, recommendations, best interests, executive action

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