Cover

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

At the outset I wish to recognize reluctant immigrants and their loved ones, as it is their griefs, anxieties, and hopes that inspire this book. For the opportunity to publish the resulting reflections in this series, I am grateful to Richard Brown and Jim Keenan at Georgetown University Press. A valued...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

This testimony of an undocumented college student illuminates the impossible choices the contemporary immigration impasse foists upon residents in the United States, even those lucky enough to pursue higher education. In this brief account, questions of earned citizenship and violent...

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1. Christian Anthropology and the De-humanization of Immigrants

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pp. 8-34

Since fortification escalated along the United States–Mexico border in the mid-1990s, deaths of border crossers have occurred at a rate of at least one every twenty-four hours, amounting to a humanitarian crisis that shows little sign of receding. In spite of the economic downturn and drops...

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2. Social Sin and Inhospitality to Immigrants

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pp. 35-60

As chapter 1’s examples illustrate, casualties of unjust immigration policies and practices include a significant increase in border deaths and smuggling networks, prolonged family separation, and the creation of an underclass. By contrast, commitments to welcoming the vulnerable and...

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3. Domestic Church and Threats Facing Immigrant Families

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pp. 61-98

Whereas scholars and politicians frequently frame immigration as a security or economic issue, families and households confront and channel the diverse impacts of migration. Chapter 3 draws upon Christian social ethics and feminist ethics to illuminate immigration as...

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4. Global Solidarity and the Immigration Paradigm

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pp. 99-133

The experiences profiled in chapter 3 bring to light the impact that unconstrained neoliberal policies and inadequate immigration procedures have on women and families, in particular. These mounting threats indicate the deficiencies of an immigration paradigm centered on national interest...

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5. Civic Kinship and Subversive Hospitality: A Christian Immigration Ethic

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pp. 134-171

Following nafta’s failure to deliver returns on Mexican development, the consequent surge in irregular migration was met with an apprehensive- to-hostile reception amid an increasingly divisive political landscape. The events of September 11, 2001, played a role in diverting a binational...

Bibliography

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pp. 173-190

Index

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pp. 191-198