SOC 384: Crime, Law, and Immigration
The U.S. is home to the largest immigrant detention and deportation system in the world, with over 3.1 million immigrants under government control just in 2019*. However, the incarceration, deportation, and surveillance of immigrants and asylum seekers is not unique to the United States nor is it new. In this class, we will investigate the following questions:
- What is the role of the law in the production of the U.S. immigrant-detention system?
- Are immigrants who are incarcerated indeed “criminals”? if not, why are they treated as such?
- Who are the key actors benefiting from the immigrant-detention system?
- How do these processes in the U.S. compare to other countries around the world?
- What are the consequences for immigrants, nonimmigrants, and their communities?
- What are immigrants and citizens doing to justify, legitimate, or resist this system?