Repeat Migration in the Age of the 'Unauthorized Permanent Resident': A Quantitative Assessment of Migration Intentions Postdeportation

International Migration Review, Forthcoming

Posted: 5 Sep 2018

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Daniel Martinez

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology

Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso

Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology

Date Written: April 6, 2018

Abstract

Drawing on postdeportation surveys (N = 1,109) with Mexican migrants, we examine the impact of immigration enforcement programs and various social factors on repeat migration intentions. Our multivariate analyses suggest immigrants with strong personal ties to the United States have higher relative odds of intending to cross the border again, even when controlling modes of removal from the United States. Our findings highlight the inevitable failure of immigration policy and enforcement programs when placed against the powerful pull of family and home. These findings shed greater insight on the complex nature of unauthorized migration in an era of increased securitization and deportation.

Keywords: deportation, unauthorized migration, criminalization, deterrence, home, border

Suggested Citation

Martinez, Daniel and Slack, Jeremy and Martinez-Schuldt, Ricardo, Repeat Migration in the Age of the 'Unauthorized Permanent Resident': A Quantitative Assessment of Migration Intentions Postdeportation (April 6, 2018). International Migration Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3157668

Daniel Martinez (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

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Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC
United States

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