This chapter discusses Central American migrants, articulating the ways in which those who seek refuge in the United States do so as vulnerable subjects who must assert their personhood through legal regimes defined by heteronormative systems dominated by whiteness. As Aihwa Ong shows, the category of the refugee emerges out of post-World War II turns toward global governance and as a direct response to the Holocaust and the Cold War. Migrants from Central America, rarely have been considered “refugees” by the standards established by global powers. The mobilization of asylum claims and refugee status for migrants to the United States has been an important turn in the fight for the right to migrate. Coming amid a global refugee crisis from war- and famine-torn nations in the Middle East, South Asia, and parts of Africa, and amid growing concerns over the future of forced climate migration, it has emerged in solidarity with other sites and forms of violence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Migration, Identity, and Belonging|
|Subtitle of host publication||Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland|
|Editors||Margaret Franz, Kumarini Silva|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Feb 10 2020|
|Name||Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies|