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Boats, Borders, and Bases – Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States - California Scholarship Online
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Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States

Jenna M. Loyd and Alison Mountz


The United States currently maintains the world’s largest migration and deportation system. Yet there has been no systematic account of its construction. Boats, Borders, and Bases traces the rise of detention through Cold War efforts to deter Haitian and Cuban migrants from arriving in the United States by boat. Caribbean migration and deterrence efforts are related to much-better-known policies that have shaped the U.S.-Mexico boundary. This account situates both the Caribbean and U.S.-Mexico boundary within maritime and territorial grounds of U.S. empire. Drawing on extensive archival resear ... More

Keywords: migration detention, migration deterrence, borders, militarization, criminalization, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520287969
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenna M. Loyd, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alison Mountz, author
Wilfrid Laurier University

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Part One Race and the Cold War Geopolitics of Migration Control

Part Two Building the World’s Largest Detention System

Part Three Expanding the World’s Largest Detention System

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