Abstract

This Article, based on ethnographic fieldwork with an undocumented, youth-led immigrant rights organization, explores undocumented youth activism in the United States in relation to global anti-deportation movements. The strategies that undocumented youth utilize in their fight for the DREAM Act, a bill that creates provisions for certain undocumented youth to legalize their status, are compared with examples of anti-deportation activism outside the United States. In comparing the DREAM Act movement with anti-deportation movements globally, three points of commonality emerge: (1) leadership of undocumented immigrants; (2) visibility; and (3) measures of "deservingness." This Article argues that comparing examples of immigrant activism globally is useful for better understanding the complex relationship between globalization and migration.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0367
Print ISSN
1080-0727
Pages
pp. 143-168
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-11
Open Access
No
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