Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Essay on “Unwelcome Mats” Revisited by Harvard Magazine

The 1996 essay, “Unwelcome Mats,” by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, was republished online recently by Harvard Magazine. Suárez-Orozco, who is the Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, was a professor of education in the areas of human development and psychology and of learning and teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education when the essay was originally written.

“The rising salience of immigration as a toxic political, economic, tribal, and racial issue across much of the developed, and part of the developing, world,” write the magazine’s editors. “The current wave of people moving from fear and want to places they perceive as havens, and the increasingly strident reaction to their arrival, have long been building. Then-faculty member Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, a scholar of migration … wrote nearly a quarter-century ago that ‘Public opinion has turned rapidly and decisively against both legal and undocumented immigration. The language of the new immigration is the apocalyptic language of deluge: ever-growing ‘waves’ of immigrants are said to be ‘flooding’ the shores of the more developed world.’ Whatever the volume of future migration, the inflamed reaction he described then, republished now, seems likely to persist for a long time.”

To read “Unwelcome Mats” by Dean Suárez-Orozco in Harvard Magazine, visit this link.