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Boats, Borders, and BasesRace, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States$
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Jenna M. Loyd and Alison Mountz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287969

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287969.001.0001

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(p.220) Coda
Boats, Borders, and Bases

Jenna M. Loyd

Alison Mountz

University of California Press

The coda reflects on contemporary migration crises in order to consider how nearly four decades of commitment to deterrence and criminalization have led to a robust policing and detention infrastructure that harms already vulnerable groups of people and resists oversight and reform. Over two million people were deported during President Obama’s time in office. As a result, hundreds of thousands were separated from their families, and most struggled to repay debts from migration and make a living in economies that have undergone privatization and deregulation. This final essay reflects on the recurrence of crises during the Obama administration by examining the arrivals of Central American youth and the new round of crises presented in the opening months of the Donald Trump administration. The coda concludes with a discussion of contemporary enforcement efforts in the Caribbean, noting that history continues with Haitians as a seemingly permanent exception.

Keywords:   crisis, asylum politics, transnational migration deterrence

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