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From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America

Patrisia Macías-Rojas


From Deportation to Prison traces the punitive turn in immigration and border policy to the Department of Homeland Security’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP), originally designed to purge noncitizens from jails and prisons and ushering in enforcement priorities that process immigrants according to criminal history and risk. Macías-Rojas argues that new enforcement priorities under the Criminal Alien Program, rooted in the post–civil rights era of mass incarceration and prison overcrowding, fundamentally transformed detention and deportation in ways that merged the immigration and criminal justice ... More

Keywords: immigration enforcement, incarceration, civil rights, Arizona-Mexico border, Criminal Alien Program, detention, deportation, criminalization, crimmigration, border security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479804665
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrisia Macías-Rojas, author
University of Illinois at Chicago