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Protect, Serve, and Deport

The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement

Amada Armenta

Publisher: University of California Press
Imprint: University of California Press
Published: 06/2017
Pages: 212
Print ISBN: 9780520296305
eBook ISBN: 9780520968868


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Protect, Serve, and Deport exposes the on-the-ground workings of local immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee. Between 2007 and 2012, Nashville’s local jail participated in an immigration enforcement program called 287(g), which turned jail employees into immigration officers who identified over ten thousand removable immigrants for deportation. The vast majority of those identified for removal were not serious criminals, but Latino residents arrested by local police for minor violations. Protect, Serve, and Deport explains how local politics, state laws, institutional policies, and police practices work together to deliver immigrants into an expanding federal deportation system, conveying powerful messages about race, citizenship, and belonging.