Group 10

A new policy of deterrence

Maricela Lopez and Olivia Kerben

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The twentieth century brought dramatic changes in immigration policy in the United States, especially in the US-Mexico border. In this podcast, we examine the detention centers that are keeping many children separated from their families to discuss how this is a novel iteration of the deterrence policy. We use Jason De León’s argument about death as inmigration deterrence policy to connect it to current family separations happening at the border.

Further Reading 

Dickerson, Caitlin. “Parents of 545 Children Separated at the Border Cannot Be Found,” October 21, 2020.


Helmore, Edward. “Mother Whose Toddler Died after Ice Detention Speaks out in Emotional Testimony.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, July 11, 2019. 


De León, Jason, and Michael Wells. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015. Accessed November 17, 2020.


Bochenek, M. (2016). “Children Behind Bars: The Global Overuse of Detention of Children. In

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (Author), World report 2016: Events of 2015 (pp. 41-52). Bristol: Bristol University Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctvndv9bj.7


Medrano, Miriam  paguero. “Not Yet Gone, and Not Yet Forgotten: The Reasonableness of Continued Mandatory Detention of Noncitizens Without a Bond Hearing.” Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Scholarly Commons, 2018. 


Monico, Carmen, Karen Rotabi, Yvonne Vissing, and Justin Lee. “Forced Child-Family Separations in the Southwestern US Border Under the ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy: the Adverse Impact on Well-Being of Migrant Children (Part 2).” Journal of Human Rights and Social Work 4, no. 3 (2019): 180–91.