Immigration, Civil Rights & the Evolution of the People

  title={Immigration, Civil Rights \& the Evolution of the People},
  author={Cristina M. Rodr{\'i}guez},
In considering what it means to treat immigration as a “civil rights” matter, I identify two frameworks for analysis. The first, universalistic in nature, emanates from personhood and promises non-citizens the protection of generally applicable laws and an important set of constitutional rights. The second seeks full incorporation for non-citizens into “the people,” a composite that evolves over time through social contestation – a process that can entail enforcement of legal norms but that… 
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