Behind Crimmigration

ICE, Law Enforcement, and Resistance in America

By Felicia Arriaga

Behind Crimmigration

190 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, 2 graphs, 9 tables, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7323-3
    Published: April 2023
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7322-6
    Published: April 2023

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In recent years, dozens of counties in North Carolina have partnered with federal law enforcement in the criminalization of immigration—what many have dubbed "crimmigration." Southern border enforcement still monopolizes the national immigration debate, but immigration enforcement has become common within the United States as well. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations are a major part of American immigration enforcement, Felicia Arriaga maintains that ICE relies on an already well-established system—the use of local law enforcement and local governments to identify, incarcerate, and deport undocumented immigrants.

Arriaga contends that the long-term partnership between local sheriffs and immigration law enforcement in places like North Carolina has created a form of racialized social control of the Latinx community. Arriaga uses data from five county sheriff’s offices and their governing bodies to trace the creation and subsequent normalization of ICE and local law enforcement partnerships. Arriaga argues that the methods used by these partnerships to control immigration are employed throughout the United States, but they have been particularly visible in North Carolina, where the Latinx population increased by 111 percent between 2000 and 2010. Arriaga's evidence also reveals how Latinx communities are resisting and adapting to these systems.

About the Author

Felicia Arriaga is an assistant professor of sociology at Baruch College.
For more information about Felicia Arriaga, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"I can't emphasize enough how important it is for scholars and students to have access to the story Felicia Arriaga tells us about local immigration law enforcement in North Carolina. Based on a wealth of data and field research, Arriaga's arguments about racialized social control add to the conversations surrounding immigration enforcement and tell a powerful story at the same time."—Tanya Golash-Boza, author of Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism