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Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today [Hardcover]

David C. Brotherton , Philip Kretsedemas
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April 2, 2008 0231141289 978-0231141284

America's reputation for open immigration has always been accompanied by a desire to remove or discourage the migration of "undesirables." But recent restrictions placed on immigrants, along with an increase in detentions and deportations, point to a more worrying trend. Immigration enforcement has become the fastest growing sector for spending over the past two decades, dwarfing the money spent on helping immigrants adjust to their new lives. Instead of finding effective ways of integrating newcomers into American society, the United States is focusing on making the process of citizenship more difficult, provoking major protests and unrest.

David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas provide a history and analysis of recent immigration enforcement in the United States, demonstrating that our current anti-immigration tendencies are not a knee-jerk reaction to the events of September 11. Rather, they have been gathering steam for decades. With contributions from social scientists, policy analysts, legal experts, community organizers, and journalists, the volume critically examines the discourse that has framed the question of immigration enforcement for the general public. It also explores the politics and practice of deportation, new forms of immigrant profiling, relevant case law, and antiterrorist operations. Some contributors couch their critiques in an appeal to constitutional law and the defense of civil liberties. Others draw on the theories of structural inequality and institutional discrimination. These diverse perspectives stimulate new ways of thinking about the issue of immigration enforcement, proving that "security" has more to do with improving legal rights, social mobility, and the well-being of all U.S. residents than keeping out the "other."

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This timely, valuable book significantly contributes to the field of immigration policy and practice, and political studies... Highly recommended.


With the current immigration debate soon to begin in force once more, it would be advisable for some to read this book in order to better understand the enforcement side of the immigration issue.

(Abraham David Benavides Public Administration Review)


Not all is well on the American immigration front. This is one of the most critical examinations of the deep flaws in our laws and enforcement practices concerning the foreigner. Historically, few states have been able to handle the foreigner in a reasonably fair way, but many continue to think that the United States is such a state. This collection pinpoints with frightening precision how and why it is not, and the extent to which these deep flaws are not an aberration or a malfunction but actually an intrinsic part of our law.

(Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231141289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231141284
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Brotherton is a Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has co-authored and co-edited eight books on gangs, immigration and deportation and is the co-editor of the Public Criminology book series with Columbia University Press. David was born in London's East End and was a long time labor activist before entering academia. In 2011 he was named Critical Criminologist of the Year. David currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, two children and a beagle.

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