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Immigration, Emigration, and MigrationNOMOS LVII$
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Jack Knight

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860951

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860951.001.0001

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Bordering by Law

Bordering by Law

The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mai

Chapter:
(p.79) 4 Bordering by Law
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Immigration, Emigration, and Migration
Author(s):

Judith Resnik

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479860951.003.0004

Law is filled with segmented narratives. The literature mapping the illegalization of the migration of peoples does not reference that many borders have become readily traversable, if not invisible, through the internationalization of mail services by cooperative government efforts. This chapter links these domains not to equate the migration of persons with the movement of objects but rather to clarify how reliant on border crossings we are. The argument is that depending on borders as justifications for legal rules deflects attention from two major shifts during the last two centuries: one imagining the globe as a “single postal territory” and the other turning migration into a crime. In pursuit of both, governments expanded their capacities as providers of services—from forwarding mail to patrolling borders. The aim is to probe whether states’ coordination to facilitate movements of persons seeking to cross boundaries could become a taken-for-granted government service, akin to state-subsidized interjurisdictional, cooperative postal systems.

Keywords:   migration, borders, postal systems, single postal territory, crime, coordination, internationalization

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