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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 Citizen and the Criminal

The Citizen and the Criminal

The Overreach of Immigration Enforcement

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(p.132) 5 The Citizen and the Criminal
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From Deportation to Prison
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Patrisia Macías-Rojas

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804665.003.0006

New enforcement targets and deployment of more border patrol to Arizona-Sonora border communities has inadvertently involved agents more directly in local crime control. This is the flip side to the more familiar scenario of local police and sheriffs who carry out immigration enforcement. This chapter considers the overreach of enforcement priorities and what some refer to as “net widening” in predominantly Latino border communities where border residents, mostly Mexican American citizens and legal permanent residents, are routinely arrested, prosecuted, sentenced, and, in some cases, deported for violations of immigration law.

Keywords:   Arizona border communities, U.S. Border Patrol, border policing, crime control, Mexican Americans, civil rights, human smuggling, net widening, vigilantism, border activism

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