FROM CONGRESS TO THE SUBURBS: LOCAL INITIATIVES TO REGULATE IM MIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES

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FROM CONGRESS TO THE SUBURBS:
LOCAL INITIATIVES TO REGULATE IM MIGRATION 
IN THE UNITED STATES
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ALEXANDRA DÉLANO ALONSO
ABSTRACT. This paper analyzes the implications of local ordinances and law initiatives 
aimed at controlling immigration, which have been proposed in various states and cities 
in the United States in the context of the failure of immigration reform in Congress. The 
first part describes the role of local and state authorities in the enforcement of immigration laws and the federal and local changes undergone after September 11, 2001. The 
second part focuses on recent examples of legal ordinances and other responses on the part 
of governments and local assemblies faced with the growth of undocumented immigration. The third part looks at these issues in the context of the U.S. immigration debate, 
and considers the challenges it represents for the Mexican government as well as the possibilities that it offers in terms of working together with various actors at the local level 
who provide support for Mexican immigrants in the United States. 
KEYWORDS: Mexico-United States immigration; immigration policy; immigration reform; 
undocumented immigration; ordinances; day-laborer
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