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This paper reexamines the engagement of U.S. and French courts with immigration politics, aiming to provide a fuller accounting of how law and immigration politics shape one another. Jurisprudential principles are placed in national and historical context, elucidating the role of rights-oriented legal networks in formulating these arguments during the 1970s and early 1980s. The analysis traces how these judicial constructions of immigrants subsequently contributed to catalyzing a transformation of immigration politics in both countries. Immigrant rights jurisprudence is shown to be produced by, as well as productive of, broader political values, agendas, and identities.

Publisher's Statement

This is the accepted version of the following article: “Juridical Framings of Immigrants in the United States and France: Courts, Social Movements, and Symbolic Politics,” International Migration Review, Vol. 46 (2012), pp. 414-455, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2012.00892.x/abstract.

Publication Date

Summer 2012

Publication Title

International Migration Review