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Arizona's Immigration Blind Spots

Judith Gans of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy on the causes for illegal immigration, and the factors that U.S. immigration policy fails to recognize.

border fence patrol top A Border Patrol truck patrols the border with Mexico west of Yuma, in southeastern California. (PHOTO: Christopher Conover)

Judith Gans of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy on the causes for illegal immigration, and the factors that U.S. immigration policy fails to recognize.

Amidst the flood of reactions to Arizona's proposed immigration law SB 1070, often overlooked are the root causes behind illegal immigration, and the failures of not only Arizona, but also United States immigration policy, to address these issues.

Tony Paniagua talks about these "blind spots" with Judith Gans, who is the Program Manager for Immigration Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include U.S. immigration policy, economics, and Latin American development policy.

Gans has studied and written about various public policy topics related to immigration including citizenship and globalization, U.S.-Mexico immigration reform, immigration in a post-Sept. 11 environment, and historical perspectives on U.S. immigration policy. She received her masters in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government with a concentration in immigration and economic development She also received an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University. She was raised in Mexico and Brazil.

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