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Intimate MigrationsGender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans$
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Deborah A. Boehm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789834

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789834.001.0001

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Family “Reunification”

Family “Reunification”

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the notion of “family reunification”—an underlying principle of U.S. immigration policy—to understand state actions and how the state penetrates family life. For example, state control can influence decisions of whether to migrate or not, family residence patterns, and migrations that separate or reunite family members. Indeed, it is through state–migrant interactions that family is reconstituted in a transnational place, and exclusion itself stems from the state's prerogative to “regulate membership according to family ties.” Family reunification can include state-sanctioned and state-regulated family reunification, as well as the multiple ways that migrants construct and reunite family outside of state controls.

Keywords:   family reunification, U.S. immigration policy, family life, state–migrant interactions, exclusion

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