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From Deportation to PrisonThe Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America$
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Patrisia Macías-Rojas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804665

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804665.001.0001

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The Post–Civil Rights Borderland

The Post–Civil Rights Borderland

The Arizona-Sonora Border

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From Deportation to Prison

Patrisia Macías-Rojas

NYU Press

Arizona has played a historic role in national “law and order” policymaking and immigration politics. Today it has some of the highest levels of criminal arrest, prosecution, and sentencing for immigration offenses. Yet it is also home to one of the most dynamic border- and immigrant-rights movements in the country. This chapter explores linkages among civil rights, mass incarceration, and immigration enforcement to better explain the local political and economic context in which the Department of Homeland Security has diffused federal criminal enforcement priorities and institutionalized “prosecutorial” approaches to migration that aggressively punish while safeguarding “victims’ rights.”

Keywords:   Arizona, federal and state immigration politics, law and order politics, civil rights, immigrant rights movement, economics of border policing, economic restructuring, political restructuring

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