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Children are the central focus of the symbolic boundary work concerning families. They act as representatives of the immigrant rights movement and symbolize the fate of separated families that have been “torn” or “ripped apart” by detention and deportation. Moral considerations blur the legal boundary, and individuals cross it, through prevention of their deportation. For the immigration control groups, US-born “anchor babies” are the dangerous pawns of their parents, qualifying them for welfare and growing up to be political actors. Their boundary work seeks not only to maintain a legal boundary, through enforcement and border security, but also to solidify it, through elimination of birthright citizenship. The social movement organizations of both movements indict politicians for their lack of action when it comes to protecting families.
KeywordsImmigrant Family Illegal Immigration Family Unity Obama Administration Unauthorized Immigrant
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