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Global Cities and Immigrants

A Comparative Study of Chicago and Madrid

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Edited By Francisco Velasco Caballero and María de los Angeles Torres

Global Cities and Immigrants provides a detailed set of comparative case studies of the immigration policies of two global cities undergoing dramatic demographic changes. At the heart of this research are several theoretical questions. One is about the increased importance of municipal and local governments in a globalized world, particularly regarding immigrants. As the world global­izes and national governments attempt to tighten their grip, the failure of national policies to address the needs of new global situations encourages local governments to develop policies that resolve these new conditions. Although immigration is a federal policy in the United States and Spain, city and state governments have increasingly played a role in shaping both the enforcement of national laws and integration experiences of immigrants. This creates a local politics and indeed a legality of immigration that is strongly shaped by local views of economic, political, and security interests, as well as differing perceptions of immigrants’ rights and place in the polity.
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Comparative Notes on the Rights of Unauthorized Aliens

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MATTHEW KUENNING, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, TOMÁS DE LA QUADRA-SALCEDO JANINI, AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MADRID



The fundamental difference between the two legal systems seems to be rooted in the fact that United States’ courts still have not ruled clearly with respect to whether it is the U.S. Constitution that provides for the rights of unauthorized aliens, or if that is instead the domain of state and local laws. By contrast, the Spanish Constitutional Court has held that unauthorized aliens, by virtue of being persons, are accorded a series of rights under the Spanish Constitution on an equal basis with Spanish nationals.

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