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Center for the History of New America Brown-Bag Discussion: Christina Getrich, Anthropology, University of Maryland

Too Bad I'm Not an Obvious Citizen': The Effects of Racialized US Immigration Enforcement Practice on Second-Generation Mexican Youth
When Oct 08, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Merrill Room (2120 Francis Scott Key Hall)
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About the Talk

Over the last two decades, border residents have come under increased surveillance during the stepped-up policing of the U.S.-Mexico border. Second-generation Mexican youth—the U.S.-born children of immigrants—should be insulated from mistreatment by immigration officials. However, racialized immigration enforcement practices target these teenagers who are coming of age in this borderland milieu. Drawing from extensive fieldwork conducted with 54 teenagers in San Diego, this presentation will address how immigration enforcement practices reinforce a racialized form of belonging that has negative effects on youth, but also highlights how these youth deploy strategies of resistance to contest them.

About the Speaker

Dr. Getrich’s research is focused on the health and well-being of Latino immigrant families and their incorporation into U.S. society. She is particularly interested in how immigration enforcement policies and practices shape the lived experiences of immigrants and their children, as well as how they, in turn, maneuver these constraints as active participants in their communities. Dr. Getrich joined the Department of Anthropology at UMD in fall 2014 as an assistant professor of anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2008) and her M.A. in applied anthropology from Northern Arizona University (2001).
Light refreshments will be provided.

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