Examining an Increasingly Complex Tapestry: The Unintended Effects of the Three- and Ten-Year Unlawful Presence Bars

Examining an Increasingly Complex Tapestry: The Unintended Effects of the Three- and Ten-Year Unlawful Presence Bars (Kristi Lundstrom, 76 Law & Contemp. Prob. 389, 2013) In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), focusing immigration law and policy on greater enforcement and centering the enforcement system around departures, in an attempt to deter immigrants from overstaying their visas. One major enforcement tool instituted by IIRIRA was the creation of three-and ten-year “unlawful presence” (ULP) bars, which Read More

Desert, detention, and deportation: Mexican women’s descriptions of migration stressors and sources of strength

Desert, detention, and deportation: Mexican women’s descriptions of migration stressors and sources of strength (Ruth Ann Belknap, Health Care for Women International, 37 (9), 2016) I analyzed interviews ( n = 10) of women recently deported from the United States of America to Mexico, exploring what women experienced immediately after deportation. The women who were residing in a short-term shelter in Nogales, Mexico, described their greatest stressors and sources of strength. Women identified the border crossing experience, apprehension, detention, and family Read More

Human Rights and the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens

Human Rights and the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens (Gerald L. Neuman, 2016) The completion of the project of the International Law Commission (ILC) on “the expulsion of aliens” marked an important stage in the development of international law relating to migration. The resulting Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens reflect the joint effort of the ILC’s distinguished experts on public international law, from all regions of the world, to enunciate principles that regulate Read More

Deportation as a Global Phenomenon: Reflections on the Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens

Deportation as a Global Phenomenon: Reflections on the Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens (2016, Daniel Kanstroom) Critical appraisal of the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens (“Draft Articles”) demands a conceptualization of contemporary expulsion or deportation as a global phenomenon. Deportation may be functionally defined as a powerful government assertion of high stakes sanctions in low formality settings aimed at the most powerless and marginalized members of society. In the United States context, deportation Read More

Constructions of Deportability in Sweden: Refused Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Relation to Gender, Family Life, and Reproduction

Constructions of Deportability in Sweden: Refused Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Relation to Gender, Family Life, and Reproduction (Maja Sager, Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 24, 2016) Drawing on ethnographic material, this article examines how the experiences of refused asylum seekers in Sweden are shaped by migration policies, welfare policies, and gender norms. The article develops a feminist account of deportability to examine some gendered and reproductive aspects of everyday experiences of seeking asylum in Sweden. Focusing on the interview accounts Read More

Mexico’s Recent Immigration Enforcement Efforts

Mexico’s Recent Immigration Enforcement Efforts (CRS 2016) “Mexico’s Recent Immigration Enforcement Efforts”. 2016. CRS Report US Assistance Mexico Southern Border Plan March 2016. Congressional Research Service. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2842650-CRS-Report-US-Assistance-Mexico-Southern-Border.html This report focuses on the execution of Mexico’s Southern Border Plan.  While US President Barack Obama and some members of Congress support this effort, human rights and humanitarian agencies have been critical.  Mexico received around $20 million in US assistance to support its Southern Border.