Not every family: Selective reunification in contemporary US immigration laws

Maria Cecilia Hwang, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

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Abstract This article questions the notion that family reunification is the cornerstone of US immigration policies and points to the violation of the right to family reunification in US law. It specifically looks at the forcible separation of legal residents from their families, including foreign domestic workers in the Labor Certification Program; US-born children with undocumented relatives, including parents and siblings; and guest workers. We argue that the growing influence of nationalist politics and big businesses trumps the interests of the family in US immigration policies, resulting in the prolonged and forcible separation of working-class and poor migrant families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Labor and Working-Class History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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