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The Importance of Considering Undocumented Immigration from Multiple Perspectives in the Context of Social Justice


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Charles Negy, Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 [email:].


Undocumented immigration is a contested topic in the United States and elsewhere. Currently, it is estimated that close to 12 million people reside in the United States without legal authorization (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009). Few issues are as polemic and contentious as the issue of undocumented immigration. Although much can be said and written about this issue, I will limit my discussion of this topic to aspects of this debate that I consider to be neglected. Specifically, when people advocate for the rights of undocumented immigrants to reside in the United States in the name of social justice, whose social justice do they have in mind?