Epartment of Homeland Securitys Policy on Immigration

Topic: The Department of Homeland Securitys current policy on immigration. Additionally, how DHS policy effects the individual states and their respective immigration policies as well.

Goal: This paper is designed to move groups of students beyond description of intergovernmental matters, and into a usable analytic and predictive perspective within a given policy area for the benefit of all students in the class.

Process: Some of the groupings may come from political assignments (such as the  Congressional Committee on Higher Education ) or professional training (such as Transportation engineers or Public Safety officials). Students within groups may choose their own approach to gathering information on the intergovernmental dimensions of their policy area; the simplest description of effort involves students researching specific policies separately, and once they bring together their background research, trying to establish generalizations about intergovernmental dynamics within the policy area. The best model you have for an outcome from your efforts is Scheberle s book

Outline: The papers should split, fairly evenly in coverage, a description of the intergovernmental relations in the chosen policy area, and a useful critique, analysis, and or prediction of intergovernmental relations in this area.

Description: The paper could study any of the following dimensions (and need not cover all of them):
· Difference of policy engagement across national, state, local, and non-profit levels
· Difference across the main course focuses of FED (theory/rationale for service strategies), IGR (political system responses), and IGM (administrative/managerial) components
· Differences from other policy areas
· Dynamics over the history of the policy area (especially formation of policy efforts and recent events)
· Financial and other capacity aspects
· Conflict and cooperation across actors within this policy area

Analysis: Similarly, choose among these kinds of questions (need not answer all):

· What has gone well of poorly in this policy area? Why is this?
· What lies in the future for intergovernmental relations in this policy area?
· What could politicians and practitioners learn from intergovernmental effort on other policy cases in the past (from other cases or readings in the course)?
· What would you recommend for future intergovernmental efforts in this policy area?
· How should intergovernmental management be pursued (improved or bolstered) in this policy area?

Suggested journals for use in this project:

Policy Studies Review
Policy Studies Journal
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Other sources could include committee and subcommittee reports, and background analysis within specific professional associations and from their Web sites. For example, on transportation policy, one good association site is the Transportation Research Board (