Immigration Policy as a Defense of White Nationhood

18 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2020

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Juan F. Perea

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2020

Abstract

President Trump's vilification and expulsion of undocumented Latino migrants is only the latest episode of the mass expulsion of Latinos. This essay places Trump's border enforcement policies into historical context as a defense of white national identity. Despite many asserted justifications for this mistreatment of migrants and refugees, the only justification that survives scrutiny is the need to reassure anxious whites that their racial status is being defended.

Keywords: Immigration, Race, Trump, Whiteness, Law and Whiteness

Suggested Citation

Perea, Juan F., Immigration Policy as a Defense of White Nationhood (February 25, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3544340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3544340

Juan F. Perea (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

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