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Latino Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 540–546 | Cite as

Mobilization beyond deportation: An interview with Yolanda Varona, founder of DREAMers Moms USA/Tijuana AC

  • Guadalupe ChavezEmail author
Vivencias: Reports from the Field
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During the past 2 years, the topic of deportation and family separation has gained political relevance on both sides of the US-Mexico border as a result of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies. Nevertheless, deportation is not a new state technology but rather a practice that reaches back to the birth of the nation-state. Deportation has become a “normalized” global regime (De Genova and Peutz 2010), characterized by its “complexity, ferocity, and scope” (Kanstroom 2012, p. ix). Deportation is a state tool used not only to control the human mobility of poor, brown and black bodies, but also to legitimize distinctions between citizens and noncitizens (Anderson et al. 2011), and it is “vital to the sustainability of neoliberal economics” (Golash-Boza 2015, p. 4). Thus, the mechanisms and infrastructure of deportation operate beyond physical walls and barriers, manifesting instead in diverse spaces and temporalities. More significantly, deportation socially,...

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Yolanda Varona, founder of DREAMers Moms USA/Tijuana AC, for taking the time to discuss the work that the organization has been mobilizing across and beyond Mexico to address the challenges and political demands that arise for people post-deportation. The author also wants to thank the US-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), the Fulbright Commission in Mexico.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New School for Social Research (NSSR)New YorkUSA

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