A thorough and captivating exploration of how mass incarceration and law and order policies of the past forty years have transformed immigration and border enforcement
From Deportation to Prison unpacks how the incarceration of over two million people in the United States gave impetus to a federal immigration initiative—The Criminal Alien Program (CAP)—designed to purge non-citizens from dangerously overcrowded jails and prisons. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research, the findings in this book reveal how the Criminal Alien Program quietly set off a punitive turn in immigration enforcement that has fundamentally altered detention, deportation, and criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses.
Patrisia Macías-Rojas presents a “street-level” perspective on how this new regime has serious lived implications for the day-to-day actions of Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, civil and human rights advocates, and for migrants and residents of predominantly Latina/o border communities.
“Patrisia Macias-Rojas' commanding book narrates the profound restructuring of immigration policies in the US. Using rich ethnographic data and sharp policy analyses, she shows how the merging of enforcement and deportation policies with the rigid structures of the criminal justice system result in a vicious punishment regime. The book makes a compelling case for cross-movement organizing and is essential reading for scholars, activists and policy makers.”
—Beth E. Richie, author of Arrested Justice
“From Deportation to Prison provides a fascinating and original view of the day-to-day workings of the immigration detention system, based on fieldwork, interviews, and archival research conducted over a 10 year period. An exciting and high-quality work.”
—Susan Bibler Coutin, author of Nation of Emigrants
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