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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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Victims and Culprits

Victims and Culprits

Deportation as a Pipeline to Prison

(p.107) 4 Victims and Culprits
From Deportation to Prison

Patrisia Macías-Rojas

NYU Press

The criminal alien mandate requires that border agents direct enforcement resources toward high-priority targets, principally those with a criminal record. Rather than processing apprehended undocumented migrants according to explicit “racial” and “national” criteria, agents now distinguish between victims and criminals. Focusing on Border Patrol–migrant interactions, this chapter examines how enforcement priorities rooted in the Criminal Alien Program have transformed apprehension and deportation practices on the border.

Keywords:   U.S. Border Patrol, undocumented migration, criminal enforcement priorities, Arizona border policing, deportation, detention, immigration prosecutions, migrant rights, victims’ rights, criminal aliens

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