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From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America

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Winner, 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award

A thorough and captivating exploration of how mass incarceration and law and order policies of the past forty years have transformed immigration and border enforcement Criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses have more than doubled over the last two decades, as national debates about immigration and criminal justice reforms
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by New York University Press
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MaryAnn Vega
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crt, soci
An important addition to immigration discourse that updates the traditional natrractives on the illegality of immigration. The author makes an important argument about the shift in federal, state, and policy discourse from illegality to criminality and the expansion of state enforcement as a result. A very necessary read for our current political context.
Jesus Portillo
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book does a good job of tracing the history of immigration enforcement and how it has changed from deportation to imprisonment and it's racial overtones.

"What is particularly striking about the political origins of the Criminal Alien Program is how the criminal stigma that prosecutorial approaches to migration impose is rooted in anti-Black criminalization. In this way, the criminal status that border agents now have the authority to confer in an immigration context is directly linked to h
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Ro
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pretty good look at the way changes in the criminal justice system in the '70s and '80s impacted immigration policy and enforcement, and the impacts of border security in southern Arizona. There was a lot of interesting nitty-gritty policy history, as well as a lot of colorful anecdotes and interviews from on-the-ground research. There is a very clear presentation of how migration was rolled up into an increasingly punitive criminal justice system that has merged with the crisis of mass incarc ...more
Leah
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-undertheorized a bit but the research that went into this is absolutely incredible and made it really really interesting
-chapter 2 on the relationship between prison expansion and detention expansion is really really interesting.
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