Immigration Policing, Financial Dispossession and Household Vulnerability in the United States

Authors: Geoffrey Boyce*, University of Arizona
Topics: Political Geography, United States, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: policing, immigration, finance, debt, dispossession
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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From the cost of bond, to attorney’s fees, to the loss of wages and resources to maintain remittances, entanglement in the U.S. immigration removal system produces all kinds of financial hardships that articulate within households and across expansive networks of care and support. Based on an ongoing survey of households in Tucson, AZ impacted by processes of detention and deportation, this paper explores immigration policing as a particular instrument of financial dispossession; the strategies used by households to manage and respond to policing-induced financial hardships; the impacts of these strategies on short- and long-term decision-making related to debt, employment, and residential circumstance; and those networks of accumulation (predatory lenders, financial service agencies, companies selling “alternatives to detention”) who profit from the precarity that results.

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