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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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A New Enforcement Terrain

A New Enforcement Terrain

Criminal Justice Reforms and Border Security

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From Deportation to Prison

Patrisia Macías-Rojas

NYU Press

The concluding chapter reflects on the Department of Justice’s recent criminal justice reforms, and the Department of Homeland Security’s new Priority Enforcement Program, designed to target “felons, not families.” Evaluating border crossers and borderlanders on the basis of criminal history has created a new enforcement terrain and new forms of criminalization that differ from historic practices of illegalization. The concluding chapter reflects on this shifting enforcement arena and the global diffusion of criminal enforcement priorities under the so-called war on terror and considers the implications for migrant advocates and academics concerned with race and democracy.

Keywords:   criminal justice reforms, comprehensive immigration reform, Priority Enforcement Program, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, war on terror, criminalization, race, democracy

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