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The Deportation Machine

Deportation and Return in the US-El Salvador Transnation

By Katie Dingeman-Cerda

© 2018 – Routledge

272 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138649989
pub: 2018-01-01
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This is among the first books to explore the post-deportation life trajectories of noncitizens removed from the United States by formal deportation. It utilizes a novel transnational framework to examine the case of deportation to El Salvador, a country significantly impacted by high volumes of removals in recent decades. Dingeman-Cerda offers the first comprehensive theory of deportee re/integration. It also provides a unique comparative analysis of the migration, deportation, and re/integration experiences of deportees claiming different national and with different histories of criminalization, including non-criminal immigration violations, misdemeanors, and violent gang offenses.

This bookshows that despite divergent re/integration trajectories, mass deportation does not stop a migratory cycle in the Americas. A very high percentage of deportees return to the United States after deportation. Dingeman-Cerda argues for a humanization of migrants and deportees and consideration of more ethical and effective means to manage immigration to the U.S. and re/integrate deportees abroad.

This book would be of interest toabroad readership, including migration and immigration scholars, legal and social work professionals, and students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Similar processes are occurring throughout the world, and this book sheds light on these ineffective practices.

Table of Contents

1. The Deportation Machine

2. The Displacement-Deportation Cycle

3. Trapped: Apprehension, Detention, and Removal

4. Where is Home? Identity, Language, and Culture

5. Ruptured Ties: The Fragmentation and Re-organization of Social Life

6. Outsourced: The Post-Deportation Struggle for a Sustainable Livelihood

7. Deciding to Return: Deportees’ Plans to Re-Migrate to the U.S.

8. Conclusion: Dismantling the Deportation Machine

About the Author

Katie Dingeman-Cerda, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Criminology at the University of Denver. Broad research interests include international migration, law & society, critical criminology, and human rights.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General