SOCI 035E. Immigration, Race, and the Law

"What part of 'illegal' don't you understand?" is perhaps the most common phrase that immigration restrictionists offer as a way to support their opposition to undocumented migration while seemingly supporting the "rule of law." The phrase is usually an attempt to shut down debate around the issue of undocumented migration by appealing to the perceived infallibility of the law. As we will learn in this class, however, there is much that we don't understand when it comes to how the presence of certain groups of people in the country is rendered "illegal". We will also examine how the notion of illegality is a profoundly racialized one, with some people's citizenship commonly viewed as suspect, regardless of their legal status in the country. With the aid of theory and history, we will question the presumed neutrality and infallibility of the law and study the inherent exclusionary nature of citizenship under capitalism.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for LALS
Spring 2023. Rangel.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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