new immigration federalismSanta Clara University School of Law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram has authored a new book with S.K. Ramakrishnan entitled “The New Immigration Federalism”, published by Cambridge University Press.


Since 2004, the United States has seen a flurry of state and local laws dealing with unauthorized immigrants. Though initially restrictionist, these laws have recently undergone a dramatic shift toward promoting integration. How are we to make sense of this new immigration federalism? What are its causes? And what are its consequences for the federal-state balance of power? In The New Immigration Federalism, Professors Pratheepan Gulasekaram and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan provide answers to these questions using a mix of quantitative, historical, and doctrinal legal analysis. In so doing they refute the popular ‘demographic necessity’ argument put forward by anti-immigrant activists and politicians. Instead, they posit that immigration federalism is rooted in a political process that connects both federal and subfederal actors: the Polarized Change Model. Their model captures not only the spread of restrictionist legislation but also its abrupt turnaround in 2012, projecting valuable insights for the future.


Pratheepan Gulasekaram, THE NEW IMMIGRATION FEDERALISM (Cambridge University Press 2015) (with S.K. Ramakrishnan).