An Anatomy of Mexican Repatriation

Samuel Martínez

in International Migration and Human Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258211
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942578 | DOI:
An Anatomy of Mexican Repatriation

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This chapter examines the contradictions in U.S. policies toward the deportation of Mexican laborers. The critical sources for this analysis are institutional ethnographies of the deportation process, including reports by deportees and by the governments of both the United States and Mexico. It situates its findings in the context of the largely invisible human rights and security problems that plague current U.S. immigration policies. It examines the process of deportation from the perspective of the deportee—one who is forcibly engaged in binational institutional relationships—the consequences of increasingly security-conscious U.S. policies become visible. It draws attention to a growing crisis for immigrants and their advocates, while U.S. employers and consumers benefit from the low cost of unorganized laborers whose freedoms dwindle under the pressures of national security.

Keywords: human rights; deportation process; national security; immigration policies

Chapter.  5148 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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