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Social Science and Public Policy

Studying Up the Volatile State: What Deportation Orders Teach Us About the US Immigration System

February 28, 2020 at 3:30pm4:30pm EST

Eggers Hall, 032

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Guest Speaker: Austin Kocher, Faculty Fellow, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University.

The U.S. immigration system is in crisis.  As a result of Obama- and Trump-era policies, immigrants are arrested, detained, and deported at historic levels. Yet the rapidly-changing policy landscape has created unprecedented volatility for the immigration system, prompting new criticisms of immigration restrictions and wall-building from both inside and outside the government. This talk will use deportation orders as a critical lens through which to examine why the immigration system has become so volatile and how volatility is being weaponized by the state against undocumented immigrant.

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This event was published on February 27, 2020.

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