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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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Here–Not Here

Here–Not Here

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on categorization by the U.S. state, emphasizing how U.S. immigration policies and practices create a form of contingent citizenship—a concept that, while applicable to all transnational Mexicans, is particularly evident among the youngest of migrants, those with or without documents. The experiences of young people underscore spatial and symbolic shifts in understandings of national belonging and exclusion among individuals within undocumented immigrant families or families of mixed U.S. legal status. Indeed, through the construction of “aliens” and “citizens,” the state creates shifting or contingent citizenship for children within transnational mixed-status families. Moreover, the physical movement and geographic and symbolic locations of children reveal the instability of citizenship itself.

Keywords:   U.S. immigration policies, U.S. immigration practices, contingent citizenship, transnational Mexican children, immigrant families, transnational families, citizenship

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