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IIRIRA Impact 20 Years Later 2016 : JMHS Special Volume: The Impact of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) 20 Years later


When Jun 1, 2016 - Apr 1, 2017
Where New York, NY
Abstract Registration Due Jul 8, 2016
Submission Deadline Nov 18, 2016
Categories    sociology   political science   politics   social science

Call For Papers


The Center for Migration Studies in New York (CMS) is publishing a special volume of its Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) that examines the impact of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) on the 20th anniversary of the Act’s passage. The special edition will consider the law’s effect on US immigration law, policy, and practice; on US families and communities; and transnationally in other nation-states. The special volume will also be the subject of a conference organized by CMS.

Topics of Interest:

Articles in this special volume ideally will reflect a range of perspectives, including: (1) factors that led to and influenced the enactment of IIRIRA; (2) intended as well as unintended consequences and the costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative) that derived from IIRIRA; and (3) ways that the law can be improved in the future. Authors ideally will come from a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography, law, psychology, among others. Co-authored pieces are encouraged. Topics might include the following:

- Historical context/background of IIRIRA on the federal, state, and local levels viewed from various perspectives (i.e., political, legal, economic, and cultural). The analysis could also connect IIRIRA to the law’s antecedents and other significant laws passed in 1996.
- Impacts of the law in terms of infrastructure, money spent, and enforcement on the federal, state, and local levels and how implementation has changed over time.
- Impacts of the law on communities and families in both sending countries and the United States, viewed from various perspectives (e.g., psychological, cultural, economic).
- Unintended consequences of the law from a variety of perspectives (e.g., national security, drug policy, use of technology, and impacts on the NGO/advocacy community).
- Aspects of enforcement such as detention, deportation and process-less removals (expedited removal, reinstatement of removal), and 3/10 year bars.
Criminal aspects of immigration.
- Involvement of state and local law entities in immigration enforcement, such as Secure Communities.
- Transnational consequences of US immigration policies on other countries and a comparison of policies toward deportees.
- Title V of IIRIRA and its impact on immigrant access to social services, its intersection with welfare reform, employment authorization changes, etc.
- Deterrence as a goal of IIRIRA. Did the law actually deter immigration, and if so, for which groups?
- Effects of IIRIRA beyond immigration from various perspectives, including human/civil rights, race, gender, etc.

Submission Guidelines:

The Journal on Migration and Human Security is a peer-reviewed, public policy journal. Its articles are in the range of 7,500-10,000 words. Each article includes an executive summary and policy recommendations. The articles are shared with policy makers, among others. The submission guidelines for JMHS are available at

Call for Paper Proposals:

To be considered for this special volume, submit a proposal to containing the following:

Name and affiliation of author(s)
Working title
Abstract (not longer than two pages)
Link to your CV and the CV of your co-authors, if applicable.
Proposal and Submission Deadlines:

Starting May 20, 2016, proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.
Final deadline for proposals is July 8, 2016.
Deadline for first drafts is November 18, 2016.
Starting January 2017, full papers will be published on a rolling basis.

Publication of the complete special edition and conference is scheduled for April 2017.

The editors will review the submitted proposals and select articles for inclusion. Our decisions will be based on the priorities laid out in this invitation and the overall scholarly merit of the proposal. In addition, we will consider the composition of the collection as a whole and the ways in which the papers will complement one another.


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