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Borderland Circuitry

Immigration Surveillance in the United States and Beyond

Ana Muniz



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University of California Press
21 June 2022
Political discourse on immigration in the United States has largely focused on what is most visible, including border walls and detention centers, while the invisible information systems that undergird immigration enforcement have garnered less attention. Tracking the evolution of various surveillance-related systems since the 1980s, Borderland Circuitry investigates how the deployment of this information infrastructure has shaped immigration enforcement practices. Ana Muniz illuminates three phenomena that are becoming increasingly intertwined: digital surveillance, immigration control, and gang enforcement. Using ethnography, interviews, and analysis of documents never before seen, Muniz uncovers how information-sharing partnerships between local police, state and federal law enforcement, and foreign partners collide to create multiple digital borderlands. Diving deep into a select group of information systems, Borderland Circuitry reveals how those with legal and political power deploy the specter of violent cross-border criminals to justify intensive surveillance, detention, brutality, deportation, and the destruction of land for border militarization.
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9780520379480
ISBN 10:   0520379489
Pages:   254
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents List of Illustrations 1. The Land Gets Tangled in Walls and Circuitry 2. You Cross a Border and the Feds Build a Database 3. California Cops Become the Tip of the Spear 4. A Lawyer Watches a Wreck Unfold 5. ICE Rigs an Algorithm 6. We Make Our Own Maps 7. A Border Bleeds Out 8. A Hand Searches for a Root Acknowledgments Methodological Appendix: I Demand Some Documents Acronyms Notes Bibliography Index

Ana Muniz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries.

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