The Criminalization of Immigration: Truth, Lies, Tragedy, and Consequences

by
Robert Hartmann McNamaraauthor

Robert Hartmann McNamara is professor of criminal justice at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

The Criminalization of Immigration: Truth, Lies, Tragedy, and Consequences

20200229

Praeger

Pages 240
Topics Border Patrol;Causes of Massive Migration and U.S. Responsibility;Chinese Exclusion Act of 1881;Criminalization and "Crimmigration";Dreamers;ICE and Detention;Mass Incarceration;Neoliberal Policies;Othering;Rhetoric, Falsehoods, Politicians, and Media;White Nationalism

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The Criminalization of Immigration: Truth, Lies, Tragedy, and Consequences

Author(s): McNamara, Robert;
Contributors: McNamara, Robert;
Abstract:

Presents the history of immigration to the United States; its criminalization under the Trump administration; debates over criminalization; effects on immigrants, U.S. residents, and the U.S. economy; and this country's relationships with other nations.

This book offers a comprehensive understanding of past and current immigration policy in the United States and exposes falsehoods in the rhetoric and narrative portraying Latino and Mexican immigrants in the United States. Much support for intensified immigration enforcement and deportation is based on repeated statements by federal officials, including the U.S. president, that immigrants pose a threat to national security, contribute to crime, and take jobs away from native-born residents. The evidence has consistently concluded that these narratives are inaccurate.

This text examines white nationalism as a backdrop to understanding the rationale behind current immigration policy and tactics. It examines how political and economic factors, broadly defined as neoliberal policies, shape the immigration narrative. It addresses the criminal justice system's applicability to immigration, law enforcement efforts, problems with immigration courts and judges, and how the detention of immigrants is part of a larger mass incarceration of people of color. Finally, the text offers insight into the reasons for massive migration, with the United States contributing to the problem by supporting regimes that endorse or allow humanitarian crisis.


  • Separates fact from fiction regarding immigration problems and threats
  • Presents a history of immigration to the United States and contrasts past federal approaches with procedures launched by the Trump administration
  • Explains facts produced in research that are ignored by federal authorities pushing mistruths about immigrants
  • Examines the issues and problems with immigration courts and judges, and law enforcement, and shows how the immigrant detention process is part of a larger mass incarceration of people of color in the United States
  • Details the effects on immigrants, U.S. residents, the U.S. economy, and our relationship with other nations
  • Shows how the U.S. itself is at fault for helping to create conditions that spur massive migration

SortTitle: criminalization of immigration: truth, lies, tragedy, and consequences
Keyword(s): Border Patrol; Causes of Massive Migration and U.S. Responsibility; Chinese Exclusion Act of 1881; Criminalization and "Crimmigration"; Dreamers; ICE and Detention; Mass Incarceration; Neoliberal Policies; Othering; Rhetoric, Falsehoods, Politicians, and Media; White Nationalism
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Robert Hartmann McNamaraauthor

Robert Hartmann McNamara is professor of criminal justice at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

eISBN-13: 9781440873713
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440873706
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 240
Publication Date: 20200229