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The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants

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The unknown history of deportation and of the fear that shapes immigrants' lives



Constant headlines about deportations, detention camps, and border walls drive urgent debates about immigration and what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century. The Deportation Machine traces the long and troubling history of the US government's systematic efforts to terrorize a
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Princeton University Press
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Canaan
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
When social or political problems arise that I feel I don’t really understand, I cope by reading about the topic. My confidence is tied to my understanding; I am out of sorts until I get some bearing. Of course, I almost always feel lost, so there’s always a lot of reading to do. My reading over 2018-2020, for example, was increasingly focused on making sense of the nightmarish phantasmagoria of the Trump era. Reading helped.

Recently, a new “border crisis” has been trumpeted by American news out
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Paige McLoughlin
Read this in 2020 after hearing about the book in an author interview on a political podcast. It covers America's long-standing deportation machine that has been in operation since California's Chinese exclusion act. A legal arrangement in cooperation with informal measures with independent actors. This arrangement takes away legal rights of protections of people with various immigration statuses which is good for businesses to keep labor in-line, wages down, and feeds racist populism and the po ...more
César Cuauhtémoc
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic, deep exploration of U.S. deportation practices that evade immigration courts. Historian Adam Goodman unearths a wealth of new material and deploys much of the best scholarly literature on deportation to reveal how U.S. deportation operations have relied on pressure and fear to circumvent immigration courts. This is a bipartisan, century-plus phenomenon that is frequently overlooked by scholars as much as by journalists and policymakers. Goodman's excellent book is an urgent reminder ...more
Paige McLoughlin
Read this in 2020 after hearing about the book in an author interview on a political podcast. It covers America's long-standing deportation machine that has been in operation since California's Chinese exclusion act. A legal arrangement in cooperation with informal measures with independent actors. This arrangement takes away legal rights of protections of people with various immigration statuses which is good for businesses to keep labor in-line, wages down, and feeds racist populism and the po ...more
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From the publisher: Constant headlines about deportations, detention camps, and border walls drive urgent debates about immigration and what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century. The Deportation Machine traces the long and troubling history of the US government's systematic efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants over the past 140 years. This provocative, eye-opening book provides needed historical perspective on one of the most pr
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Yunis Esa
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Goodman's history of the Deportation Machine is mostly situated in the south border, and most deportation happens in voluntary basis. Every time the deportation machine is disputed, it comes back with more restrictions and more pain. It seems that deportation will get more efficient and better at putting fear in the world of the undocumented. The resistance to the machine will not catch up to the well oiled machine of the system that is always winning legal framework.
Fear of the others will alw
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Steven Volk
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of the history of "unwelcoming" immigrants to the U.S. In well-researched chapters, the author explains mythology of the United States as a land open to immigrants, noting that "the US has deported nearly 57 million people since 1882, more than any other country in the world. During the last century, federal officials have deported more people from US than they have allowed to remain on a permanent basis." The study stops with the election of Trump, only covering it in an epil ...more
Stephanie Pio
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was incredibly informative but terribly dry and boring. I feel like there was such a missed opportunity in doing less storytelling on such a very human issue. The personal examples used felt like an afterthought as opposed to bring the actual story of deportation. Policy policy... Oh yeah and a human.
J. Andrew
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great look at how America has done mass deportations. These are the stories that show that the past 4 years of the Trump Administration are a continuation of the past 120 years of American policy. Absolutely a great book that covers new ground in a market over-saturated with this topic.
Daniel Farabaugh
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a well written and technical analysis of the history and current issues of deportation in the US. It does especially good job of addressing the "voluntary" deportation system that exists in the US and its impact on immigrants. ...more
Dski
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good history lesson.
Sandra
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Such a well researched, eye opening book
Emma Ito
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5⭐️. This is such a well-done, well-researched history of immigration in the United States. Goodman pays particular attention to the historical deportation of Mexicans & Mexican Americans, flowing and connecting to the history of today (up to 2019), including the creation of ICE. Excellent history and I wish I had learned it sooner.
William D.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Great history of deportation practices in the US. Id recommend this for the portion on "voluntary deportation," which I have never seen covered in as much depth. ...more
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