Hybrid | UNC Press presents Behind Crimmigration with Felicia Arriaga

Image shows the cover of Behind Crimmigration and the headshot of author, Felicia Arriaga.

Felicia Arriaga will be joined by Julio Tordoya from JMPRO Community Media and Bruno Hinojosa from Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA). Malaprop's is pleased to partner with UNC Press to present this event.

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In recent years, dozens of counties in North Carolina have partnered with federal law enforcement in the criminalization of immigration—what many have dubbed "crimmigration." Southern border enforcement still monopolizes the national immigration debate, but immigration enforcement has become common within the United States as well. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations are a major part of American immigration enforcement, Felicia Arriaga maintains that ICE relies on an already well-established system—the use of local law enforcement and local governments to identify, incarcerate, and deport undocumented immigrants.

Arriaga contends that the long-term partnership between local sheriffs and immigration law enforcement in places like North Carolina has created a form of racialized social control of the Latinx community. Arriaga uses data from five county sheriff’s offices and their governing bodies to trace the creation and subsequent normalization of ICE and local law enforcement partnerships. Arriaga argues that the methods used by these partnerships to control immigration are employed throughout the United States, but they have been particularly visible in North Carolina, where the Latinx population increased by 111 percent between 2000 and 2010. Arriaga's evidence also reveals how Latinx communities are resisting and adapting to these systems.

Felicia Arriaga is an assistant professor at the Marxe School of Public & International Affairs at Baruch Coll

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Behind Crimmigration: ICE, Law Enforcement, and Resistance in America By Felicia Arriaga Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469673233
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 18th, 2023

SKU: x672389