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.
|Commitee:||Horton, Sarah, Walsh, James|
|School:||University of Colorado at Denver|
|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|
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