The term “self-deportation” has been bandied about by GOP presidential aspirants lately—introduced as a new way to deal with our nation’s immigration woes. However, the concept of self-deportation is not new and is more commonly known as “attrition through enforcement”—a term coined by its creators. The groups behind “attrition through enforcement” have pushed federal and state legislative proposals, provided litigation support and created a network of grassroots organizations to promote their strategy. The “attrition through enforcement” strategy does nothing to address our national immigration problems and instead undermines fundamental human rights and places unprecedented legal, fiscal, and economic burdens on states and local communities.
Join experts for a discussion of what the policy of self-deportation or attrition through enforcement is and how it is playing out in state legislatures, courts and communities around the country. A companion report by The Immigration Policy Center will also be released.
Michele Waslin, Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy Center.
Jonathan Blazer, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union.
Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney, National Immigration Law Center.
Heidi Beirich, Director of the Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center