When Gina was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, in 2011, she left behind her parents, siblings, and children, all of whom are U.S. citizens. Despite having once had a green card, Gina was removed from the only country she had ever known. In Deported Americans legal scholar and former public defender Beth C. Caldwell tells Gina's story alongside those of dozens of other Dreamers, who are among the hundreds of thousands who have been deported to Mexico in recent years. Many of them had lawful status, held green cards, or served in the U.S. military. Now, they have been banished, many with no hope of lawfully returning. Having interviewed over one hundred deportees and their families, Caldwell traces deportation's long-term consequences—such as depression, drug use, and homelessness—on both sides of the border. Showing how U.S. deportation law systematically fails to protect the rights of immigrants and their families, Caldwell challenges traditional notions of what it means to be an American and recommends legislative and judicial reforms to mitigate the injustices suffered by the millions of U.S. citizens affected by deportation.
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About the Author
Beth C. Caldwell is Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills at Southwestern Law School and was formerly an attorney in the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments x Introduction 1 1. In the Shadow of Due Process 17 2. Return to a Foreign Land 49 3. Life after Deportation 67 4. Deported by Marriage 101 5. Children of Deportees 127 Conclusion. Resistance and Reforms 153 Epilogue 189 Notes 193 Index
What People are Saying About This
“Deported Americans provides a compelling, clear, and humanistic analysis of the widespread consequences of U.S. policies of mass deportations. Drawing on extensive research, and writing evocatively and personably about the lives of deportees, Beth C. Caldwell deftly combines astute legal analysis with rich stories of deportees and their family members.”
“In this beautifully written book, Beth C. Caldwell presents the story of ‘deported Americans’—noncitizens with strong ties to the United States who view themselves as Americans. She sheds much-needed light on how deportees experience and attempt to cope with their removal from the United States. In so doing, Caldwell not only provides a picture of the difficult and sometimes heartbreaking experiences of our deported diaspora but also presents a useful roadmap for policy reform.”