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Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control$
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Tom K. Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804793063

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804793063.001.0001

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Immigration Control in the Age of Migration

Immigration Control in the Age of Migration

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Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control

Tom K. Wong

Stanford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of contemporary trends in immigration control. In contrast to the view that immigration control is a deterministic outcome of national sovereignty, this chapter argues that the various mechanisms used by governments to control immigration are policy outputs that emerge from the broader political and institutional context in which the contentious politics of immigration unfolds and takes place. It defines what immigration control is, discusses debates over the objectives of immigration control, and uses insights gained from fieldwork and qualitative interviews to show why the view that “illegal means illegal” is too simplistic when it comes to understanding how the contemporary machinery of immigration control works. It then lays out the main arguments and chapters of the book.

Keywords:   “self-deportation,” immigration industrial complex, human rights, deportation, detention, international migration, irregular migration, unauthorized immigrants, undocumented, illegal

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