Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Management of Illegal Immigration through Immigrant Detention and the Experience of Applying for Relief While Detained
by Chang, Denise A., M.S.S., University of Colorado at Denver, 2018, 159; 10792026
Abstract (Summary)

Since 1920, the legal position of undocumented immigrants has devolved from “worker” to “alien” to “criminal alien” to “national security threat.” As the perceived threat level has increased, so has the use of a prison-like immigrant detention system to manage unwanted populations until they can be removed. This paper examines the ways in which immigration law, current policy, public opinion, detention processes, court procedures, and physical isolation converge to not only expedite that removal, but also to hinder and even deter those under removal orders from adequately presenting a case for relief in immigration court. Because the real, lived consequences of those laws and policies are experienced far from the view of those who make the laws, this thesis seeks to provide a window into the fraught process of preparing an appeal for relief from deportation within the limitations of detention.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Everett, Jana
Commitee: Horton, Sarah, Walsh, James
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Social Sciences
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Public policy
Keywords: Asylum, Eoir, Ice, Illegal immigration, Immigrant detention, Undocumented
Publication Number: 10792026
ISBN: 978-0-438-20720-2
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