The Border Thickens: In-Securing Communities after IRCA

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This article analyses a certain 'thickening of the border,' a term I coin to underscore a certain blurring of the insides and the outsides of the United States with respect to Latin American, primarily Mexican, immigration. In making this intervention, the article underscores the linkages among a dark legacy of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), the militarization of Border Patrol policing practices in the southwestern United States, and "Secure Communities," a mammoth immigration policing program across much of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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