Part 6: On Politics and Law
Part Six, “On Politics and Law” provides readings, reports, and multimedia resources for understanding immigration law, the politics behind the immigration debate, and exploring civil rights abuses in detention.
- Ashfaq, Abira, “Invisible Removal, Endless Detention, Limited Relief: A Taste of Immigration Court Representation for Detained Noncitizens,” in Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today. Columbia University Press, 2008.
- Beckett, Katherine. Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics. Oxford University Press, 1997.
- Camp, Jordan. Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State. University of California Press, 2016.
- Chavez, Leo. Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society. Welworth, 2013.
- Chomsky, Aviva. Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal. Beacon Press, 2014. Book Review
- Das, Alina, “Immigration Detention: Information Gaps and Institutional Barriers to Reform,” 80 University of Chicago Law Review 137 (2013).
- Dunaway, Sarah E. “¿Dónde Está La Biblioteca? It’s a Damn Shame: Outdated, Inadequate, and Nonexistent Law Libraries in Immigrant Detention Facilities.” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 36 (2017) 1–33.
- Fernandez, Deepa, “The End of Asylum as We Know It?” in Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration. Seven Stories Press, 2007.
- Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. University of California Press, 2007.
- Greene, Judith A., Bethany Carson, and Andrea Black. Indefensible: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border. Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies, 2016.
- Gonzales, Alfonso. Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State. Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Hafetz, Jonathan. Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System. NYU Press, 2011.
- Hinton, Elizabeth Kai. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. Harvard University Press, 2016.
- Janssen, Volker, “Sunbelt Lock-Up: Where the Suburbs Met the Supermax,” in Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region. The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
- Legomsky, Stephen H., “The USA and the Caribbean Interdiction Program,” International Journal of Refugee Law 18, vol. 3–4 (2006): 677-95.
- Macías-Rojas, Patrisia. From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America. New York University Press, 2016.
- Maddux, Thomas R. “Ronald Reagan and the Task Force on Immigration, 1981.” Pacific Historial Review 74: 2 (2005): 196-236.
- Massey, Douglas S. and Karen A. Pren, “Unintended Consequences of US Immigration Policy: Explaining the Post-1965 Surge from Latin America,” Population and Development Review 38 (2012): 1–29.
- Mears, Daniel P. “The Immigration-Crime Nexus: Toward an Analytic Framework for Assessing and Guiding Theory, Research, and Policy.” Sociological Perspectives 44:1 (2001): 1–19.
- Murakawa, Naomi. First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America.Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Nessel, Lori A. “Externalized Borders and the Invisible Refugee,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2009): 625–629.
- Perkinson, Robert. Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire. Macmillan, 2010.
- Santa Ana, Otto. Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
- Stenken, Christopher, “Detention and Access to Justice: A Florence Project Case Study,” in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis. University of Georgia Press, 2012.
- Tyler, Imogen, Nick Gill, Deirdre Conlon, and Ceri Oeppen. "The business of child detention: charitable co-option, migrant advocacy and activist outrage." Race & Class 56, no. 1 (2014): 3-21.
- Varsanyi, Monica W., “Fighting for the Vote: The Struggle Against Felon and Immigrant Disenfranchisement,” in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis. University of Georgia Press, 2012.
- Welch, Michael. Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex. Temple University Press, 2002.
- Wheatley, Christine, “Punishing Immigrants: The Unconstitutional Practice of Punitive Immigration Detention in the United States,” Border Criminologies, May 2015.
- Wilsher, Daniel. Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Dismantle, Don’t Expand: The 1996 Laws, The Immigrant Justice Network and NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, 2017:
With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights at U.S. Immigration Detention Centers, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2015.
A Costly Move: Far and Frequent Transfers Impede Hearings for Immigrant Detainees in the United States, Human Rights Watch, June 2011.
Operation Streamline Watch, Grassroots Leadership
In the News
“Stateless: The Ultimate Legal Limbo,” Newsweek, 2015.
“The Refugee Tragedy in Our Own Backyard,” Los Angeles Times, 2015.
“For Detained Immigrants, A Too-long Wait for Justice,” Los Angeles Times, 2014.
TRAC’s New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court
Lost in Detention, PBS (2011):
Podcast: Unheard Voices: The Other Side of the Immigration Debate by Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy
Podcast Series: Indefensible by the Immigrant Defense Project
ICED-I Can End Deportation (video game that teaches players about current immigration laws about detention and deportation)
Know Your Rights, Undocumedia
Political Cartoons in U.S. History. Library of Congress.