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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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TORRE CANTALAPIEDRA, Eduardo. Mexican Reactions to the Arizona Act and the Role of the States in U.S. Immigration Management. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2017, vol.62, n.229, pp.17-43. ISSN 0185-1918.

The Arizona Congress issued in 2010 one of the toughest acts concerning undocumented immigration -the Arizona SB 1070. Some experts argue that subnational agencies should not pass immigration related policies in view of the potential negative impact of retaliation by third countries on both the diplomatic and economic relationships between the US and those countries and on their own economy. Conversely, Spiro (1994; 2001) stresses that nowadays states can identify whether a measure has been taken by a subnational agency in particular, and they can thus implement a focused reaction rather than targeting the whole country. The purpose of this work is to establish to what extent the current status of Mexico-US relationship is represented by either one of those perspectives. Also, this particular discussion is placed within the broader issue concerning whether the US states could and/or should play a more active role on immigration management. Bearing these goals in mind, we explore Mexico’s reactions to the SB 1070 passage as well as the impact of the Arizona Act on US-Mexican relations.

Keywords : immigration policy; international migration; US-Mexican relations; undocumented immigrants; Arizona SB 1070; federalism of immigration.

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