Feeling like a citizen, living as a denizen: Deportees’ sense of belonging

Feeling like a citizen, living as a denizen: Deportees’ sense of belonging (Tanya Golash-Boza, American Behavioral Scientist, 60(13), 2016) The implementation of restrictive immigration laws in 1997 in the United States has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of legal permanent residents—denizens who had made the United States their home. Mass deportations of denizens have given renewed importance to territorial belonging and legal citizenship for theories of citizenship, a relatively neglected area of scholarship in this field. This Read More

Rebuilding Self and Country: Deportee Reintegration in Jamaica

Rebuilding Self and Country: Deportee Reintegration in Jamaica (Bernard Headley and Dragan Milovanovic, 2016, Migration Policy Institute) More than 45,000 Jamaicans were deported from abroad between 2000 and 2014, primarily from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Each month these countries return more than 100 Jamaicans on average to a nation grappling with persistently high levels of crime and poverty. Deportees are not greeted with open arms upon return, in part due to a widely held view in Read More

Rights and Reintegrating Deported Migrants for National Development: The Jamaican Model

Rights and Reintegrating Deported Migrants for National Development: The Jamaican Model (Bernard Headley & Dragan Milovanovic, Social Justice, 43.1, 2016). Each year, the US, the UK, and Canada together deport hundreds of thousands of people. Under President Barack Obama, US deportations were on track to hit a record two million by the end of 2014-nearly the same number of persons deported between 1892 and 1997 (New York Times 2013). In 2013, 50,741 persons were deported from the UK, or they Read More

Sent “Home” With Nothing: The Deportation of Jamaicans with Mental Disabilities

Sent “Home” With Nothing: The Deportation of Jamaicans with Mental Disabilities (Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, 2011) Deportation from the United States involves much more than a plane ride “home.” Particularly for deported persons with mental disabilities, it can mean a harrowing journey to a country one does not remember, a culture that stigmatizes deported persons and persons with mental disabilities, and a society filled with obstacles to accessing adequate medical care, housing, and employment. This report—based on interviews with Read More

The Merry-Go-Round of Youth Gangs: The Failure of the U.S. Immigration Removal Policy and the False Outsourcing of Crime

The Merry-Go-Round of Youth Gangs: The Failure of the U.S. Immigration Removal Policy and the False Outsourcing of Crime (2011, Jonah M. Temple) The United States’ policy of deporting noncitizen criminals to their countries of origin is fueling a proliferation of gang membership both in Central America and in the United States. Deportation does not deter gang activity but instead helps to facilitate the transnational movement of youth gangs. Rather than continue this failed approach, this Comment proposes that the Read More

The Reintegration of Criminal Deportees in Society

The Reintegration of Criminal Deportees in Society (2010, Christopher A.D. Charles) This article deals with reintegrating deportees in Jamaica. There is the belief among the citizenry, the media, and the government that the deportees are fueling the crime rate. Jamaica has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Some 15,618 deportees were sent to Jamaica from various countries between 2005 and 2009. The purveyors of the deportee–crime link ignore the influence of garrison communities on the crime rate which Read More

American Diaspora: The Deportation of Lawful Permanent Residents from the United States and the Destruction of their Families

American Diaspora: The Deportation of Lawful Permanent Residents from the United States and the Destruction of their Families (Bryan Lonegan, 32 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 55 (2007)) This article discusses deportation of lawful permanent residents and the effects these deportations have on families. The focus of this article is on lawful permanent residents faced with deportation because of criminal convictions, and the effect of deportation on their families. It emphasizes the utter lack of rationality, compassion, and flexibility in Read More