Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics, and Injustice

Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics, and Injustice


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Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics, and Injustice by Charis E. Kubrin

Arizona’s controversial new immigration bill is just the latest of many steps in the new criminalization of immigrants. While many cite the presumed criminality of illegal aliens as an excuse for ever-harsher immigration policies, it has in fact been well-established that immigrants commit less crime, and in particular less violent crime, than the native-born and that their presence in communities is not associated with higher crime rates. Punishing Immigrants moves beyond debunking the presumed crime and immigration linkage, broadening the focus to encompass issues relevant to law and society, immigration and refugee policy, and victimization, as well as crime. The original essays in this volume uncover and identify the unanticipated and hidden consequences of immigration policies and practices here and abroad at a time when immigration to the U.S. is near an all-time high. Ultimately, Punishing Immigrants illuminates the nuanced and layered realities of immigrants’ lives, describing the varying complexities surrounding immigration, crime, law, and victimization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814749036
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law Series
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Charis E. Kubrin is Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine and author of many books, including Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity.

Marjorie S. Zatz is Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and author of many books, including Images of Color, Images of Crime.

Ramiro Martínez, Jr. is Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University and author of Latino Homicide: Immigration, Violence, and Community.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction Chads E. Kubrin Marjorie S. Zatz Ramiro Martínez, Jr. 1

Part I New Modes of Control

2 Panic, Risk, Control: Conceptualizing Threats in a Post-9/11 Society Michael Welch 17

3 Growing Tensions between Civic Membership and Enforcement in the Devolution of Immigration Control Doris Marie Provine Monica Varsanyi Paul G. Lewis Scott H. Decker 42

4 No Surprises: The Evolution of Anti-Immigration Legislation in Arizona Kyrsten Sinema 62

Part II Consequences for Individuals and Communities

5 Unearthing and Confronting the Social Skeletons of Immigration Status in Our Criminal Justice System Evelyn H. Cruz 91

6 The Ruptures of Return: Deportations Confounding Effects M. Kathleen Dingeman-Cerda Susan Bibler Coutin 113

7 Race, Land, and Forced Migration in Darfur Wenona Rymond-Richmond John Hagan 138

Part III Layered Realities

8 Situating the Immigration and Neighborhood Crime Relationship across Multiple Cities María B. Vélez Christopher J. Lyons 159

9 Immigrant Inclusion and Prospects through Schooling in Italy: An Analysis of Emerging Regional Patterns Paola Bertolini Michele Lalla 178

10 Social Stressors, Special Vulnerabilities, and Violence Victimization among Latino Immigrant Day Laborers in Post-Katrina New Orleans Alice Cepeda Nalini Negi Kathryn Nowotny James Arango Chartes Kaplan Avelardo Valdez 207

11 Conclusion Marjorie S. Zatz Charis E. Kubrin Ramiro Martínez, Jr. 232

About the Contributors 245

Index 251

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From the Publisher

Punishing Immigrants compellingly develops a new paradigm for understanding the role that punitive social control plays on marginalized immigrant populations. The authors develop a new paradigm—one that allows us to understand how crime control has become a primary mechanism for regulating immigration and vulnerable immigrant populations. This project brilliantly humanizes the lives of immigrant populations while rigorously addressing structural processes responsible for the breakup of families, the criminalization of children, and the dehumanization of entire populations.”-Victor M. Rios,author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys

"Contrary to public opinion, immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans, yet after 9/11 and in the midst of a stagnant economy, new anti-immigrant laws have emerged that have brutal consequences for unauthorized immigrants and manifold unanticipated consequences for U.S. citizens, particularly Latinos. Punishing Immigrants brings these anticipated and unanticipated consequences to the fore, and vividly illustrates the ‘layered realities’ of immigrants’ lives at a time when social control and immigration is near an all-time high."-Jennifer Lee,co-author of The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in 21st Century America

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