Undecided Nation

Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis

  • Tony Payan
  • Erika de la Garza

Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Tony Payan
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Politics Behind the Gridlock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Daniel J. Tichenor
      Pages 23-48
    3. Ali A. Valenzuela, Sarah K. Stein
      Pages 49-78
  4. Local Responses to Federal Paralysis

  5. The Fallout and Costs of Political Gridlock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Raúl Hinojosa–Ojeda
      Pages 163-187
    3. Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny
      Pages 189-207
    4. Leisy J. Abrego, Shannon Gleeson
      Pages 209-228
    5. Randy Capps, Ajay Chaudry, Juan Manuel Pedroza, Rosa Maria Castañeda, Robert Santos, Molly M. Scott
      Pages 229-250
  6. Resolving the Immigration Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Susan F. Martin
      Pages 313-337
    3. Erika de la Garza
      Pages 339-342

About this book


There is widespread agreement that the U.S. immigration system is broken, but no consensus on how to fix it. In this book, leading U.S. immigration experts and scholars  realistically assess the prospects for immigration reform and delve into the details, options and obstacles for potential legislation. The chapters presented here shed light on the congressional debates stalling meaningful reforms, and the demographic and political trends shaping an increasingly multicultural United States. Immigration legislation at the state and local levels is also reviewed along with the implications of reforms for U.S. jobs and the economy. This book will interest both scholars and policymakers concerned not only about immigration but also the future of America.


Border security Demographics Immigration Reform Policy Public Opinion

Editors and affiliations

  • Tony Payan
    • 1
  • Erika de la Garza
    • 2
  1. 1.Director, Mexico Center, James A. Baker III Institute for Public PolicyRice UniverstiyHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Baker InstituteRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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