Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá/From Neither Here nor There
This chapter discusses how migrants operate both within and outside of nation-states. Although individuals and families do act outside of state control, circumventing the state and strategically using state policies and practices as they are able, the U.S. state has far-reaching effects in transnational Mexicans' everyday lives. Indeed, the production of illegality interacts with—and often shapes—the intimate exchanges of daily life, resulting in the multiple spatial and metaphorical places migrants reside. That migrants repeatedly situate themselves in both places, divided by the border, and between two nations captures these shifting locations of intimate spaces and states of illegality. Nevertheless, immigrants exercise independence even as they are subjected to intense controls.
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