Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State

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byAlfonso Gonzales

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Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent and countervailing Latino rights movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, theLatino immigrant rights movement has not been able to effectively secure sustainable social justice victories for itself or more successfully defend the human rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Latino rights movement faces a dynamic form of political power that he terms "anti-migrant hegemony". This anti-migrant hegemony, found in sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and the prison system, is a force through which a rhetoricallyrace neutral and common sense public policy discourse, consistent with the rules of post-civil rights racism, is deployed to criminalize migrants. Critically, large sectors of "pro-immigrant" groups, including the Hispanic Congressional Caucus and the National Council of La Raza, have conceded tocoercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Gonzales says that it is precisely when immigration reformers actively adopt the discourse andpolicies of the leading anti-immigrant forces that the power of anti-migrant hegemony can best be observed.

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Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent and countervailing Latino rights movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, theLatino immigrant rights movement has not bee...

Alfonso Gonzales is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The State-Civil Society Nexus and the Debate over the "Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005"2. The 2006 Mega-Marches in Greater Los Angeles: A Counterhegemonic Moment and the Limits of Mass Mobilization3. Race, Globalization, and Immigration Control in Riverside County4. The Geo-Politics of the Homeland Security State and Deportation in El Salvador5. Resisting "Passive Revolution": The Migrant Rights Movement in Washington DC and New York City under President Obama's first Term6. Beyond Immigration Reform: Latinos, Demilitarization, and the Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-first CenturyAppendix A: Methods and Latino Politics ResearchNotesBibliographyIndex