As the United States population reached 300 million in 2006, mostly through immigration, scholars and politicians began to debate whether our continued rate of population growth is desirable. Many employers and some economists project a continuing need for younger low wage workers to support business and fund the Social Security System to provide benefits for an aging population. Many environmentalists believe the U.S. has reached its sustainable carrying capacity and warn that unless we stabilize our growth at the current level we will not leave a viable environment for posterity. Advocates from both extremes of this debate, and those with more centrist views, seek answers to the following question: What do opinions and beliefs of elected officials at the local level (as determined by surveys and interviews) reveal about how federal immigration law might be implemented and enforced in the Quad-Cities Area (Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey/Humboldt) of Yavapai County, Arizona. Answers to this question may prove useful in considerations regarding future immigration law.
|Commitee:||Clark, Marylyn, Saint Damian, Banisa, Santo, Beverly, Stuckey, James|
|Department:||Education / Sustainability Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Arizona, Critical ethnography, Immigration law, Population control, Qualitative research, Sustainability, Water law, Water law issues|
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