Outsourcing immigration compliance

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Immigration is a hot-button issue about which Americans have sent a clear message. They prefer not to admit more aliens until the government is able to screen credibly for entrants who will abide by the terms of admission and sanction those who do not. While immigration debates now focus almost entirely on undocumented workers, they have overshadowed another critical, yet poorly understood, challenge: designing institutions to screen properly for aliens who are visa-compliant and sanction noncompliant aliens. Because failed guest worker programs unquestionably increase the size of the undocumented population, this Article addresses the difficulty of institutional design by analyzing the highly controversial guest worker provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This Article presents original data from a study of visa-compliance decisions of Jamaicans who work in Canada under a program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2475-2535
Number of pages61
JournalFordham Law Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

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