The Intersection of U.S. Immigration Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System

The Intersection of U.S. Immigration Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System


This lecture provided a brief history of U.S. immigration enforcement leading up the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, examines some contemporary policies and programs intersecting immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system, and discusses some of the relevant data sources.

This session was led by Tamara K. Nopper, a sociologist whose research focuses on the racial wealth gap, credit scoring systems and the push for alternative data, and the intersection between racism, financialization, criminalization, and punishment. She has experience in Asian American, immigrant rights, and anti-war activism.

Below, you will find a recommended reading list.

Reading List

Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae M. Ngai

Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today edited by David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas

Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia

Black Life in Adelanto by Jemima Pierre

41-year-old adoptee deported after 37 years in the U.S. by Jay Caspian Kang

The Immigration Crucible: Transforming Race, Nation, and the Limits of the Law by Philip Kretsedemas

Life after Deportation by Tanya Golash-Boza and Yajaira Ceciliano-Navarro

“Cubicle Activism”: Companies Face Growing Demands from Workers to Cut Ties with ICE and Others in Immigration Arena by Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter

As #DefundThePolice Movement Gains Steam, Immigration Enforcement Spending and Practices Attract Scrutiny by Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter

State of Black Immigrants, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration