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Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 

Cosponsored with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

are pleased to announce our final speakers in the Fall 2019 CSLS Speaker Series




Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley
Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology and Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies & Director, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, U.C. Berkeley


Speaking on their research

“Making Claims on Behalf of Noncitizens:
What Works and What Does Not”


How can individuals and groups advocate effectively on behalf of noncitizens? Contemporary populism, whether in Hungary, the United Kingdom or the United States, appears to pit appeals to national values against the entry or inclusion of immigrants. In response, immigration advocates frequently call on rights language. Some appeal to human rights, contending that no human is illegal. Others, especially in the United States, call on the history and resonance of civil rights. But are these competing frames persuasive? This talk draws on survey experiment data drawn from registered voters in California to examine whether frames couched in the language of civil rights, human rights, or national values affect support for undocumented immigrants and citizens in need. Overall, respondents are much less supportive of government action for undocumented immigrants than citizens. Rights-based appeals do not mitigate this categorical inequality based on legal status. While people express high support for the idea of rights, in the abstract, such language falls short when applied to specific scenarios of workplace discrimination, hunger, and medical need. Indeed, among California voters, the civil rights frame might decrease respondents’ support for government action, for citizens and noncitizens alike. Perhaps surprisingly, appeals to national values appear, in some cases, to make people more generous and willing to be inclusive, even to undocumented or irregular migrants.


The related paper is available on our website and in hard copy at the Center. 



Please join us on Monday, November 25 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 


Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Catherine Albiston, Faculty Director


Monday, November 25, 2019
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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