1st Edition

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

By Tanya Maria Golash-Boza Copyright 2012
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the wake of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created to prevent terrorist attacks in the US.This led to dramatic increases in immigration law enforcement - raids, detentions and deportations have increased six-fold. Immigration Nation critically analyses the human rights impact of this tightening of US immigration policy. Golash-Boza reveals that it has had consequences not just for immigrants, but for citizens, families and communities. She shows that even though family reunification is officially a core component of US immigration policy, it has often torn families apart. This is a critical and revealing look at the real life - frequently devastating - impact of immigration policy in a security conscious world.

    Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction 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? Conclusion Immigration Policy and Human Rights Notes Bibliography Index About the Author


    Golash-Boza, Tanya Maria

    “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