Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State
Care and Contested Interests
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press
Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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Chapter 1. Children on the Move
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In November 1999, a fishing boat rescued a five-year-old boy clinging to a small raft in the waters south of Florida. His mother and stepfather died while traveling from Cuba to the United States when their vessel capsized. A fisherman took young Elian Gonzalez to the home of his great- uncle living in a Cuban enclave of Miami. For the next seven months, a transnational...
Chapter 2. Criminal Alien or Humanitarian Refugee?
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Th e Refugee Act of 1980 recognized the needs of refugee children who are unaccompanied, creating special legal provisions for their acceptance into the United States via formal refugee resettlement processes. The act established and funded specialized programs through the Department of Health...
Chapter 3. Youth at the Intersection of Family and the State
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The relationship between the state, the family, and the child is a fundamental unit of analysis in society. The law and social norms that shape this triad inform the ways adults provide for and parent their children and the ways children are socialized into the community, allowing for social continuity...
Chapter 4. Forced to Choose
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The study of migration invariably involves discussions of law— immigration processes, agreements between nations, human rights, and interventions of civil society— all related to the fl ow of people across national boundaries. In the exploration of child migration, the law provides an essential site for probing...
Chapter 5. The Shadow State
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In this chapter, we enter the labyrinth of federal immigration detention for migrant children called “shelters,” in which the federal government subcontracts with NGOs to provide for the everyday needs of children. At the point of apprehension, ICE makes a series of assessments. Is the child accompanied...
Chapter 6. Reformulating Kinship Ties
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“Born in the USA. Don’t take our moms and dads away,” the crowd chanted during a 2007 immigration rally in Chicago. With much anticipation, Saul Arellano took the stage. His mother, Elvira Arellano, had rallied a national call for immigration reform in the United States. Despite Chicago being a...
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Since 2001, the state has invested record levels of human and financial capital to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border. Th rough institutionalized partnerships with local law enforcement and significant levels of foreign aid to Mexico to thwart thru-migration from Central and South America, the state...
List of Acronyms
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Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 4 illus.
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights