Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality At The Border

Overview

Lesbians, prostitutes, women likely to have sex across racial lines, "brought to the United States for immoral purposes," or "arriving in a state of pregnancy"-national threats, one and all. Since the late nineteenth century, immigrant women's sexuality has been viewed as a threat to national security, to be contained through strict border-monitoring practices. By scrutinizing this policy, its origins, and its application, Eithne Luibhéid shows how the U.S. border became a site not just for controlling female ...
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Overview

Lesbians, prostitutes, women likely to have sex across racial lines, "brought to the United States for immoral purposes," or "arriving in a state of pregnancy"-national threats, one and all. Since the late nineteenth century, immigrant women's sexuality has been viewed as a threat to national security, to be contained through strict border-monitoring practices. By scrutinizing this policy, its origins, and its application, Eithne Luibhéid shows how the U.S. border became a site not just for controlling female sexuality but also for contesting, constructing, and renegotiating sexual identity.

Initially targeting Chinese women, immigration control based on sexuality rapidly expanded to encompass every woman who sought entry to the United States. The particular cases Luibhéid examines-efforts to differentiate Chinese prostitutes from wives, the 1920s exclusion of Japanese wives to reduce the Japanese-American birthrate, the deportation of a Mexican woman on charges of lesbianism, the role of rape in mediating women's border crossings today-challenge conventional accounts that attribute exclusion solely to prejudice or lack of information. This innovative work clearly links sexuality-based immigration exclusion to a dominant nationalism premised on sexual, gender, racial, and class hierarchies.

Eithne Luibhéid is assistant professor of ethnic studies at Bowling Green State University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816638031
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Power and Sexuality at the Border
1 Entry Denied: A History of U.S. Immigration Control 1
2 A Blueprint for Exclusion: The Page Law, Prostitution, and Discrimination against Chinese Women 31
3 Birthing a Nation: Race, Ethnicity, and Childbearing 55
4 Looking Like a Lesbian: Sexual Monitoring at the U.S.-Mexico Border 77
5 Rape, Asylum, and the U.S. Border Patrol 103
Conclusion: Sexuality, Immigration, and Resistance 137
App.: Sexuality Considerations in the Refugee/Asylum System 147
Notes 159
Index 239
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