Time served.

Just posted to our books page, Eduardo Moiss Pealver's review of Immigrants and the Right to Stay:

Immigrants and the Right to Stay is a tiny book that raises a big question: Are undocumented immigrants who have managed to remain in the United States for an extended period of timesay, five to ten yearsentitled to remain? The book consists of a short essay by Joseph H. Carens, a professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and responses by six eminent scholars. Carens argues for allowing the passage of time to help determine how to treat undocumented immigrants. His position, in a nutshell, is that, after a certain period of time, such immigrants become members of our society and are therefore entitled to remain here. Deporting these people is inhumane because it functions as a kind of exile that, in other contexts, we do not accept as a legitimate form of punishment. Moreover, at least for immigrants married to lawful U.S. residents, it disrupts family life by separating undocumented immigrants from their spouses and children.

Read the rest here.

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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