This mini-course focuses on the real community and personal impact of a public policy with sweeping national controversy, many deaths, and significant questions about social justice, racial discrimination, and even intent in the constitution. Because it is a mini-course, rather than a full course, this course will concentrate on one aspect of immigration policy? undocumented immigrants and the public policy strategy of enforcement for undocumented immigrants at the border and in the interior of the country. Along with discussion of the policies and practices of enforcement, we will bring local enforcement activities to the table and examine their impact on people, families, and Michigan communities. The discussion will have a global, national, state, and a local component. Students in this course will acquire the skills to critically analyze this aspect of immigration policy and its controversies. and about community and organization responses and activism.
- Identify and assess the language, intent, and extent of enforcement policies, the strategies and tactics of enforcement, and government entities related to enforcement.
- Analyze the economic, social, and health impact of enforcement on individuals, families and communities.
- Apply immigrant rights information effectively in community organizing and other activism.
- Describe the history, causes, and consequences of undocumented immigration.
- Identify personal attitudes and knowledge regarding immigrant populations and immigration issues.
- Outline the history of immigration policy.
- Describe the impact of increased immigration enforcement on the local Latino immigrant community, including the implications of being within 100 miles of the northern US border.
- Identify implications of the largest immigration raid in the country.
- Describe controversies related to the development of the Department of Homeland Security.
- Explain the facts and controversies related to increased border enforcement at the southern border, toward awareness.
- Identify social work and advocacy interventions at the southern border to protect migrant populations.
- Engage with people who have been affected by increased immigration enforcement.
- Describe recent (last 10 years) immigration policy reform efforts.
- Identify core principles of humane immigration reform.
Identify examples of advocacy efforts to create positive changes in local policies affecting undocumented immigrant populations, i.e. local police, city resolutions, tuition equality, etc.
Know the ethical and legal responsibilities of social workers in interfacing with people who are undocumented immigrants.