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Americans At Heart But Not On Paper: A Normative Study of Amnesty in U.S. Immigration Politics

Olausson, Kristina LU (2013) STVK02 20122
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The initiative Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an example of the use of amnesty within American immigration politics. Enacted in June 2012, it addresses the delicate situation of young undocumented immigrants so called childhood arrivals. They are part of the society in many ways, but not on paper. The dilemma is characterized by a conflict of interest – the rights of the sovereign state to control its borders and territory, and the individual's right to belong to a society where it can get political membership and protection.
The aim of this thesis is to elucidate the two perspectives and to answer the question of whether granting amnesty to childhood arrivals can be justified. I use the normative, “given-that” method as the... (More)
The initiative Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an example of the use of amnesty within American immigration politics. Enacted in June 2012, it addresses the delicate situation of young undocumented immigrants so called childhood arrivals. They are part of the society in many ways, but not on paper. The dilemma is characterized by a conflict of interest – the rights of the sovereign state to control its borders and territory, and the individual's right to belong to a society where it can get political membership and protection.
The aim of this thesis is to elucidate the two perspectives and to answer the question of whether granting amnesty to childhood arrivals can be justified. I use the normative, “given-that” method as the central aspect of the question is best answered with reference to values. The analysis is centered around the value “sovereignty” regarding the state and the right to membership in a society regarding the individual. I conclude that while amnesty can be justified with reference to the rights of the individual, it cannot on behalf of state sovereignty. I therefore find that other values are of importance to the state regarding decisions in immigration politics. (Less)
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author
Olausson, Kristina LU
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organization
course
STVK02 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
state sovereignty, cosmopolitanism, amnesty, United States, immigration, normative dilemma
language
English
id
3357955
date added to LUP
2013-02-05 14:33:21
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2013-02-05 14:33:21
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  abstract     = {The initiative Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an example of the use of amnesty within American immigration politics. Enacted in June 2012, it addresses the delicate situation of young undocumented immigrants so called childhood arrivals. They are part of the society in many ways, but not on paper. The dilemma is characterized by a conflict of interest – the rights of the sovereign state to control its borders and territory, and the individual's right to belong to a society where it can get political membership and protection.
The aim of this thesis is to elucidate the two perspectives and to answer the question of whether granting amnesty to childhood arrivals can be justified. I use the normative, “given-that” method as the central aspect of the question is best answered with reference to values. The analysis is centered around the value “sovereignty” regarding the state and the right to membership in a society regarding the individual. I conclude that while amnesty can be justified with reference to the rights of the individual, it cannot on behalf of state sovereignty. I therefore find that other values are of importance to the state regarding decisions in immigration politics.},
  author       = {Olausson, Kristina},
  keyword      = {state sovereignty,cosmopolitanism,amnesty,United States,immigration,normative dilemma},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Americans At Heart But Not On Paper: A Normative Study of Amnesty in U.S. Immigration Politics},
  year         = {2013},
}