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Abusing Immigrants: An Analysis of Immigrant Enforcement and Mexican Migrant Claims of Human Rights Violations by Agents of the United States

Citation

Martinez-Schuldt, Ricardo & Hagan, Jacqueline Maria (2021). Abusing Immigrants: An Analysis of Immigrant Enforcement and Mexican Migrant Claims of Human Rights Violations by Agents of the United States. Human Rights Quarterly, 43(1), 70-92.

Abstract

Fueled by the politics of xenophobia and national security, the United States immigration enforcement system has expanded and strengthened in recent decades, resulting in more abuses of Mexican migrants by United States officials during apprehension, detention, and deportation. We find that the geography of United States enforcement operations and the social characteristics of the Mexican consular districts in which migrants report these abuses determine when and where the Mexican state assists Mexican nationals who are targets of abuse. Our findings illustrate the limits of sending-state engagement in safeguarding the rights of its diaspora in an age of migration control.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2021.0002

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Regular

Year Published

2021

Journal Title

Human Rights Quarterly

Author(s)

Martinez-Schuldt, Ricardo
Hagan, Jacqueline Maria

Data Set/Study

Sistema Integral de Protección Consular (SIPC)

Continent/Country

United States of America
Mexico

State

Nonspecific