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Targeting Immigrants

Government, Technology, and Ethics

Jonathan Xavier Inda

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Sozialwissenschaften, Recht, Wirtschaft / Ethnologie


This book is concerned with the government of "illegal"immigration since the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965,exploring how certain mentalities and intellectual machineries haverendered illegal immigrants as targets of government. * * Examines how various authorities have created knowledge aboutand constructed "illegal" immigration as an ethicalproblem. * Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to governimmigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border. * Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary sourcematerials - including government publications, archivaldocuments, newspapers, and popular magazines. * Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and OperationHold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of "illegal"immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings. * Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian theories ofgovernmentality. * Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in constructingthe "illegal" immigrant.


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"Inda's Exploration of the racialized ethical manner in whichunauthorized immigration has been managed is a significantcontribution to the literature of governmentality."
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