“Death and Immigrant-Only Prisons.” American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, 29 November - 3 December 2017


Jonathan Xavier Inda presented on “Death and Immigrant-Only Prisons” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association as part of the Executive Program Committee Roundtable, Detained on Trumped-Up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant U.S. Security-State, in Washington, DC, on 29 November – 3 December 2017.

In the weeks following the presidential inauguration, executive orders that targeted non-citizens as “criminal” threats to national security transformed public rhetoric and official practice in regards to immigration. Under the banner of “border security” and “public safety in the interior,” the administration broadened the category of “criminal aliens” to include anyone who has crossed the border without authorization and even legal permanent residents suspected of a crime. Indeed, immigration and crime have become so sutured together in the public imagination that the U.S. security state—already robust—has taken on an intensity unlike any other moment in recent history.

This roundtable brings together scholars of immigration in the U.S. and criminalization to consider the effects and implications of these changes—for the nation, for state and local jurisdictions, for migrant workplaces, and, above all, in people’s everyday lives.

At the roundtable on Wednesday, November 29th, Jonathan Xavier Inda participated in the session entitled “Detained on Trumped-Up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant U.S. Security-State.”


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