Title

Dearly Deported: Social Citizenship of Undocumented Minors in the US

Department

Geography & Anthropology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-7-2011

Abstract

First-second generation undocumented minors to the US are considered through an experiential-style "letter" in which the author uses his personal narrative as a backdrop for the deportation dilemma. The two primary questions considered in this piece are, can compassion play a role in policy decisions regarding deportation, and what happens when a person develops social citizenship within the host nation and then experiences deportation as a result of a fairly rigid world system? The focus is on the individual costs of forced migration when the promises of a new world order lead to alienation for the peoples of the Global South.