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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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Protectors and Prosecutors

Protectors and Prosecutors

Humanitarianism and Security

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From Deportation to Prison

Patrisia Macías-Rojas

NYU Press

Implementing the Department of Homeland Security’s criminal enforcement priorities—even in a punitive state like Arizona—has not been automatic. In a border region dependent on cross-border flows of people, goods, and money, implementing new crime-centered enforcement priorities did not generate the widespread consensus expressed in Congress. On the contrary, the federal mandate evoked tensions among border agents, local law enforcement, immigrant advocates, and Mexican officials on the ground. This chapter examines how front-line agents’ relations to other players involved in immigration enforcement shaped the ways in which enforcement priorities took hold, with local actors serving as both protectors and prosecutors.

Keywords:   Arizona border, criminal enforcement priorities, U.S. Border Patrol, law enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Operation Streamline, nongovernmental organizations, Legal Orientation Program, Mexican government, migrant protection

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