A Demographic and Sociological Perspective on

Chapa, Jorge | January 1, 2008

In this article, Mr. Jorge Chapa focuses on the underlying appreciation of the humanity of undocumented immigrants in . In doing so, he attempts to provide lawmakers and policymakers with demographic information and sociological perspectives on undocumented immigrants. As such, he presents information on the racialization of undocumented immigrants (the assumption that all undocumented immigrants are Mexican), the guest worker program, employer recruiting efforts that can constitute a de facto guest worker program, and the use of undocumented immigrants in the meatpacking industry. He concludes that comprehensive immigration reform should take such demographic information and sociological perspectives into account to ensure that U.S. immigration polices and practices are consistent with the pressures and incentives created by U.S. economic policies and practices.