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CSLS Speaker Series: CYBELLE FOX

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
is pleased to announce the inaugural speaker in the Fall 2019 CSLS Speaker Series




Professor of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley


Speaking on her research

“‘The Line Must Be Drawn’: The Rise of Legal Status Restrictions in State Welfare Policy” 


In 1971, Governor Reagan signed into law a measure barring unauthorized immigrants from public assistance. The following year, New York state legislators passed a bill to do the same, although that bill was vetoed by Governor Rockefeller. This paper examines these cases to better understand why states that had long provided welfare to unauthorized immigrants each sought to bar them from public assistance. Common explanations for the curtailment of immigrant social rights often center on partisan politics, popular nativism, demographic context, or issue entrepreneurs. But these studies often wrongly assume that efforts to limit immigrant social rights began in the 1990s. Therefore, they miss how such efforts first emerged in the 1970s, and how these restrictive measures were initially closely bound up in broader debates over race and welfare that followed in the wake of the War on Poverty and Civil Rights Movement. Where scholars often argue that immigration undermines support for welfare, I show how the turn against welfare helped to undermine immigrant social rights. I also show how differing interpretations of the scope and reach of Supreme Court decisions traditionally seen as victories for welfare and immigrant rights help explain initial variation in policy outcomes in each state.


Professor Fox’s paper is available in hard copy at the Center.



Please join us on Monday, August 26 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, August 26, 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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