Putting TRAC to Work
ILR School, Cornell Univesrity
July 17, 2018

Book Review: Border Lives: Fronterizos, Transnational Migrants, and Commuters in Tijuana by Sergio Chávez and Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism by Tanya Maria Golash-Boza
By Claudia Maria Lopez

Golash-Boza conducts 147 in-depth interviews with deportees (May 2009–August 2010). In addition to interviews, the author pulls data from Department of Homeland Security statistics on immigration law enforcement and from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse data. Although sufficient data could have been extrapolated from these statistics to make her argument, the author contends “that deportee stories are the best way in which to capture the nuance and complexity of mass deportation and the impacts of neoliberal reforms on their overall trajectories. When we listen to their stories, and place them in the broader political, social, and economic context, it becomes clear why they have become the latest version of .disposable workers”

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