Raquel Aldana, Professor, UC Davis School of Law
"Citizenism" and the Shackles of Borders
The enforcement of borders has always been punitive and racialized. Yet, immigration law’s exceptionalism and bounded notions of social membership has left the other – the “alien” – largely unprotected from the shackles of borders. This presentation will argue why any racial justice project must embrace the dismantling of citizenism -- a view in which “ U.S. citizenship” is foundational to the distribution of rights – as central to the transformation of the United States into a more just nation.
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