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Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and Families

Marjorie S. Zatz and Nancy Rodriguez


Dreams and Nightmares takes a critical look at the challenges and dilemmas of immigration policy and practice in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. The experiences of children and youth provide a prism through which the interwoven dynamics and consequences of immigration policy become apparent. Using a unique sociolegal perspective and based on extensive interviews with immigration attorneys, immigrants’ and children’s advocates, and government officials, this book examines how prosecutorial discretion, deferred action, and other forms of executive action play into immigration po ... More

Keywords: immigration policy, prosecutorial discretion, deferred action, parental detention, deportation, children and families, best interests of children, immigration enforcement, structural mechanisms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283053
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie S. Zatz, author
University of California

Nancy Rodriguez, author
Arizona State University