WITH DR. DOUGLAS MASSEY, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
COMMENTARY FROM BILL BLAZAR, MINNESOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MODERATED BY LORI STURDEVANT, STAR TRIBUNE
The issue of immigration has spawned strong emotions and political posturing that have obscured the real issues. Illegal immigration is not currently growing and border controls (including military fortifications along the Mexican border) have backfired in important respects. A leading expert on immigration spells out the reality of immigration and sorts out what works and what doesn't.
Douglas Massey is a professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and Spanish, from Western Washington University in 1974. Massey received an M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University in 1995 and continued at Princeton to receive his Ph.D. in 1978.Massey was a Guggenheim fellow in 1990 — 1991. He is the founder and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project and the Latin American Migration Project, with his long-time collaborator Jorge Durand. He is Board Member of the Institut fÃ¼r interdisziplinÃ¤re Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence) at Bielefeld University and Editor of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence.Massey was president of the Population Association of America in 1996. He served as the 92nd president of the American Sociological Association, 2000 — 2001, and has won several awards for his books. Since 2006 he has been president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Massey's research areas include: Demography, Urban Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, International Migration, and Latin American Society.
Bill Blazar is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Blazar is responsible for the Chamber's public affairs program, including policy development, lobbying and elections. He also manages Grow Minnesota!, the Chamber's business retention and expansion program. He is a past member and chair of the board of the Minnesota Government Relations Council. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was Manager of Government Affairs for Target Corporation from 1987-1992. Before working for Target, Blazar was a freelance public policy analyst, specializing in state and local fiscal policy, economic development and telecommunications. Blazar has a B.A. (Political Science) from Northwestern University and a M.A. (Public Affairs) from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Lori Sturdevant has written editorials and weekly columns about state government and politics for over 30 years. She joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a member of that institution's Board of Trustees. She has been the editor or co-author of seven books, including "A Man's Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen." Her latest book, "The Pillsburys of Minnesota," was published by Nodin Press in April 2011. Lori lives in Minneapolis with her husband; they have three grown children.
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