AmeriQuests: Narrative, Law and Society

Illegality Regimes: Mapping the Law of Irregular Migration

Edited by Juan M. Amaya-Castro (VU University) and Bas Schotel (University of Amsterdam)

Recent years have seen the development of increasingly sophisticated legal and policy approaches to address the phenomenon of irregular immigration. Many states have moved beyond traditional means of law enforcement, such as criminalization, without necessarily abandoning them. In addition, they have begun to employ other areas of law (such as administrative law and labor law) in pursuit of controlling irregular immigration. For example, the verification of legal residence status, by means of ID-controls, has become increasingly necessary in the day to day life of all people: citizens and non-citizens alike. Private citizens, and not government agents, are evolving into the primary enforcers of these policies, as they have been made legally responsible for the control of legal residence status, for example in the case of employment.
These legal and policy instruments have sometimes been justified with reference to economic theories, such as 'attrition through enforcement', the broken window theory, and most recently 'self-deportation', a term that ironically originated in a stand-up sketch performed by two Hispanic comedians in the mid '90s, and has since then been promoted to a major policy proposal in the Romney campaign for the US presidential elections. Among economic scholars, a debate about the (lack of) effectiveness of these policies has been growing the last couple of years. What is still absent, however, is a more rigorous analysis by legal and other social science scholars. This special issue aims to explore the more systemic dimensions of these responses to irregular migration.

Table of Contents


From Barak Obama's Executive Order Concerning Undocumented Immigrants to Open Borders PDF (corrected) HTML
Robert F. Barsky


Discipline and Punish? Analysis of the Purposes of Immigration Detention in Europe PDF
Izabella Majcher, Clément de Senarclens
“I Am Eighteen, Why Am I Inside Here?”. A Reflection Upon the Detention and Criminalisation of Migrants under Italian Administrative Law PDF HTML
Emanuela Roman, Abigael Emma Adhiambo Ogada-Osir, Maurizio Veglio, Ulrich Stege
Shaping the Grammar of Security. PDF
Mary Lynn De Silva
Immigration and Public Security: The Implementation of Municipal Bylaws in Milan PDF
Fiammetta Bonfigli
The iIllegal Immigration Law: A Regime of Law, Discourses, and Police Practices PDF
Giulia Fabini

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Emma LaRocque's When the Other is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850-1990 PDF HTML
Nicole Lucey Bojko
New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico PDF HTML
Steven B. Wenz
Chocolate and Corn Flour: History, Race, and Place in the Making of “Black” Mexico PDF HTML
Kency Cornejo
Translocalities/ Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas PDF HTML
Ilana Sarah Dann Luna
Becoming Reinaldo Arenas PDF HTML
Joshua Henry Clough
Erazo's Governing Indigenous Territories PDF HTML
Ileana Baeza Lope
Frederik, Laurie A. Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba PDF HTML
Vera Coleman

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