The Criminalization of Immigration

In the cover story for the Fall 2016 Issues in Science and Technology, Mary C. Waters contends that the problems of mass incarceration and undocumented immigration have created legal forms of oppression that, although not formally racist, disproportionately exclude African Americans and Latinos from the formal economy. Waters argues that we need a social movement not based on civil rights—having legally excluded former prisoners and the undocumented from civil society—but on the human right for social inclusion. Accompanied by photographer David Harriman’s portraits of deported immigrants, the essay is a powerful call for policymakers and researchers to rethink how they understand immigration and incarceration.

Editor's Journal

  • Middle Class Muddle

    The fate of the US middle class has taken center stage in political and economic discussions. Donald Trump promises to bring back the well-paying jobs that he says were lost to foreign… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Fall 2016

    Republican 2016 Party Platform On July 18, the delegates to the Republican National Committee formally adopted the official 2016 Republican platform, which includes numerous policies and principles involving science policy issues. In… Read More



Book Reviews

  • Can Science End War book cover

    Visualize Whirled Peas

    Imagine the scene: you’re Everett Dolman, a faculty member at the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies with significant security and military experience, and an eager publisher suggests… Read More
  • The Penultimate Curiosity Book Cover with cave paintings of horses

    Making Sense of the World

    In 1831, Michael Faraday discovered magnetic induction, where a magnet moving in a coil of wire produces an electric current. Faraday’s insight eventually led to both electric power generators and motors. When… Read More
  • LAB Girl Cover with tweezers an acorn and a plant that spells out LAB

    The Thrill of Discovery

    During my first year of college, my organic chemistry professor assigned us Anda Brivin’s book Gun Down the Young, a slim fictional account of professional academic life at an unnamed university.… Read More
  • Are we all Scientific Experts Now book cover with a vaccine in a question mark

    Defending Expertise

    Science studies scholar Harry Collins sets the stage for this short-form analysis by explaining why so many people have a sense of being experts by default. Over the past half-century, even as… Read More
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