Invited Seminar - Dr. Raymond Zuniga, Virginia Tech University

"A Feedback Perspective on ICE Enforcement Strategy"

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is well known for, at times, using controversial tactics to enforce and maintain the integrity of our immigration laws. This lecture will examine a series of internal changes to ICE enforcement strategy in 2006 from a policy feedback perspective. This feedback perspective argues that policies can have unintended consequences on both bureaucrats and citizens in ways that shape future policy design. More specifically, I use publicly available data to quantitatively examine how changes in ICE enforcement strategy affected child academic performance in targeted communities, as well as attitudinal changes amongst ICE bureaucrats responsible for implementation. Findings will be discussed in the context of the immigration enforcement strategy today.

Ray Zuniga received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Affairs at American University in 2017. He also earned his Masters in Public Affairs from the Truman School of Public Affairs in 2013. Previously, Ray worked with various nonprofit organizations to promote social justice amongst young people in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. His main research focuses on the intersection of immigration policy/enforcement and educational outcomes for citizen and noncitizen Latinos in the US. His dissertation focuses on tuition policies and immigration law enforcement issues targeting Latino populations, with a secondary focus on information sources for these young people. Other work includes examining determinants of educational success for traditionally underserved populations in postsecondary education.

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Middlebush Hall, 111
38.94632483084171, -92.32690555674594

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Dr. Raymond Zuniga, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech University

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