Suggested readings and other background material for webinar block 1 “Current Events in the U.S. / Mexico Border Region”

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Gloria Anzaldúa: Chapter 1, “The Homeland, Aztlán” from Borderlands / La Frontera

Radiolab Border Trilogy (parts 1-3), https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/projects/border-trilogy

AUGUST 17: TRUMP’S ASYLUM POLICIES AND THE TRANSNATIONAL BORDERLANDS DURING COVID-19

Josiah Heyman, Jeremy Slack, and Emily Guerra. 2018. Bordering a ‘Crisis’: Central American Asylum Seekers and the Reproduction of Dominant Border Enforcement Practices. Journal of the Southwest. 60(4)

Eric Reidy. 2020. Coronavirus and the Halting of Asylum at the U.S. / Mexico Border. The New Humanitarian. https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2020/06/29/Mexico-US-coronavirus-mass-expulsions-asylum-halt

Blanca Navarette and Gabriella Sanchez. 2020. Risks and challenges to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living under Covid-19 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Migration Policy Practice 10(2)

Human Rights First. 2020. Delivered to Danger: Trump administration sending migrants and asylum seekers to danger. https://deliveredtodanger.org/  

NISGUA handout on Asylum Coooperation Agreements: https://nisgua.org/wp-content/uploads/260220-final-R103.pdf

AUGUST 24: INDIGENOUS RESILIENCE, EXTRACTIVISM, AND THE COLONIALITY OF THE U.S. / MEXICO BORDER

Ryan Devereaux,“’We are still here:’ Native Activists in Arizona resist Trump’s Border Wall,” The Intercept, November 24, 2019 https://theintercept.com/2019/11/24/arizona-border-wall-native-activists/

Kendra Chamberlain, “Nuclear Colonialism: Indigenous opposition grows against proposal for nation’s largest nuclear storage facility in NM,” The NM Political Report, November 14, 2019 https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/11/14/nuclear-colonialism-indigenous-opposition-grows-against-proposal-for-nations-largest-nuclear-storage-facility-in-nm/

Todd Miller. June 12, 2019. “How Border Patrol Occupied the Tohono O’odham Nation” In These Times https://inthesetimes.com/article/21903/us-mexico-border-surveillance-tohono-oodham-nation-border-patrol Gentry,

Blake Gentry, Geoff Boyce, Jose M. Garcia, and Sam Chambers, 2019. Indigenous survival and settler colonial dispossession on the Mexican frontier: The case of Cedagĭ Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham indigenous communities. Journal of Latin American Geography, 18(1), pp.65-93.

O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective. Movement Demands Autonomy! An O’odham Perspective on Immigration and Border Controls: https://bermudaradical.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/movement-demands-autonomy-an-oodham-perspective-on-border-controls-and-immigration/

Tamez, Margo, 2012. The Texas–Mexico border wall and Ndé memory. in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, borders, and global crisis, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press

AUGUST 31: LANGUAGE JUSTICE, LANGUAGE IMPERIALISM, AND THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

Blake Gentry. 2020. O’odham Niok? In Indigenous Languages, U.S. ‘Jursidprudence’ Means Nothing. UCLA Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 37(1)

Democracy Now! 2020. Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

Yasnaya Aguilar “Our languages are not dying, they are being killed” https://globalvoices.org/2019/04/15/our-languages-are-not-dying-they-are-being-killed/

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, Hegemonies of Language and their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540, p. 23-27

SEPTEMBER 14: LGBTQ+ MIGRANT ORGANIZING: STORIES OF RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE

Morgan Bassichis, Lee, Alexander, and Spade, Dean. “Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got” in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Editors Stanley, Eric; Smith, Nat.

TransQueer Pueblo, “#Letters for Liberation from La Palma” https://www.tqpueblo.org/lettersforliberation-from-la-palma 

Nicole Narea, “LGBTQ immigrants talk about waiting on 2 life-changing Supreme Court decisions,” Vox, June 18, 2020 https://www.vox.com/2020/6/18/21293872/supreme-court-daca-dreamer-lgbtq-immigration

Katalina Hatfield “The Precarious Position of Transgender Immigrants and Asylum Seekers,” Human Rights Campaign, January 4, 2019 https://www.hrc.org/blog/the-precarious-position-of-transgender-immigrants-and-asylum-seekers

SEPTEMBER 21: UNPACKING THE BORDERLANDS OF THE U.S. MIDWEST

Todd Miller “The Not-so-soft Underbelly of the North” from Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Frontline of Homeland Security San Francisco: City Lights

Nicholas De Genova. 2005. “Locating a Mexican Chicago in the Space of the U.S. Nation-State” and “The Politics of Production” in Working the boundaries: Race, space, and “illegality” in Mexican Chicago. Duke University Press.

Geoff Boyce, 2018. Appearing ‘out of place’: Automobility and the everyday policing of threat and suspicion on the US/Canada frontier. Political Geography, 64, pp.1-12.

Brian Jordan Jefferson, 2017. Digitize and punish: Computerized crime mapping and racialized carceral power in Chicago. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(5), pp.775-796.

Mijente factsheet on gang databases and immigration enforcement https://mijente.net/2017/12/chicago-gang-database-targets-black-latino-men-infographics/



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