Immigration Nation: Raids, Detentions, and Deportations in Post-9/11 America

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  • Length: 224 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-838-6
  • Publish date: January 2012
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Immigration Nation provides a critical analysis of the impact that U.S. immigration policy has on human rights. In the wake of 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security was founded to protect America from the threat of terrorist attacks. However, along with dramatic increases in immigration law enforcement — raids, detentions, and deportations have increased six-fold in the past decade — American citizens, families, and communities have ultimately borne the cost. Although family reunification is officially a core component of U.S. immigration policy, these same policies often tear families apart. Pundits and politicians nearly always frame this debate in terms of security and economic needs, but here, Tanya Maria Golash-Boza addresses the debate with the human rights of migrants and their families at the center of her analyses.

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Tanya Golash-Boza is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Kansas. She has published articles on blackness in Peru, Latino/a identity in the U.S., and the human rights impact of U.S. immigration policies. Her most recent work is a cross-national study of deportees in the Caribbean.


“This urgent and original book offers an unflinching examination of the current U.S.
deportation system and its many deleterious consequences for immigrant communities
and the nation at large. Tanya Golash-Boza adopts a human rights perspective to shed
light on the ‘immigration industrial complex,’ describing in moving detail the impact on
immigrant communities and families. The accessible writing makes this book an excellent
choice for classroom adoption.”
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern
California and author of God’s Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists are
Working for Immigrant Rights

“This beautifully written and much-needed book illuminates the convergence of interests
between politicians and corporations by criminalizing immigrants. Built on a fear
of crime and of foreigners, our current draconian immigration policies generate massive
profits through incarceration and law enforcement. Framing her argument in a human
rights perspective, Tanya Golash-Boza outlines the violations and the steps needed to
move toward an immigration policy with a human rights vision.”
Mary Romero, author of The Maid’s Daughter, Living In and Out of the American Dream


Preface and Acknowledgments

How Punitive Immigration Policies Negatively Affect Citizens, Families, and Communities

Chapter 1
Roots of Immigration to the United States

Chapter 2
The Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration Enforcement Regime of the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 3
Racism and the Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy

Chapter 4
The Impossible Choice: Family versus Citizenship in U.S. Immigration Policies

Chapter 5
The Immigration Industrial Complex: Who Profits from Immigration Policies Destined to Fail?

Immigration Policy and Human Rights

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