Douglas Massey

Solving the Immigration Problem Means Addressing the Realities of Corporate Globalization

This article is a response to Joseph H. Carens's Case for Amnesty, and part of a New Democracy Forum on immigration.

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A Better Way to End Unauthorized Immigration

Consider this scenario: A group of wealthy nations with well-established democracies is linked in a successful economic union that has dramatically increased trade, commerce and living standards. To the south, a much poorer nation is undergoing a transition to democracy after decades of authoritarian rule, at the same time moving to open its formerly closed economy to international investment and exchange. As part of its broader transformation, the southern nation asks to join the economic union to its north.

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