This chapter studies the complexities of gender and power in the context of the U.S. state. Gendered crossings illustrate how unauthorized entry and migration, as well as its perils, are shaped by one's gender in shifting circumstances. Indeed, state power and processes that categorize migrants as “illegal” play out in the gendered actions and interactions of transnational Mexicans' everyday lives. Increasingly, gender shapes and is shaped by undocumented migration against a backdrop of intensifying controls at the U.S.–Mexico border and within the United States. The chapter then discusses “gendered transgressions” of transnationality, demonstrating how the state's presence and the specter of “illegality” reconfigure desire, infidelity, and gendered violence.
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