Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida
Andrea Miller, University of California, Davis
Stuart Schrader, Johns Hopkins University
This late breaking session brings together a diverse group of scholars to consider these issues in historical perspective. Panelists will address topics ranging from the role of private prison corporations and local police in the enforcement of immigration law to historical connections between practices of cruelty, torture, surveillance, and policing surrounding the border crisis and those that have characterized the United States’ imperial practices and reach. Our panelists will draw connections between contemporary U.S. immigration law enforcement and events from the past. Questions we will consider include: What are some of the toxic consequences of rhetoric and policies that exploit popular anxiety about security to dehumanize “the enemy within?” How did private surveillance and prison corporations from the second half of the 20th century expand their influence into immigrations detention centers? How do current police departments’ cooperation with ICE compare to the ways that police power and immigration enforcement in Los Angeles criminalized Latinx immigrants and refugees during the 1970s and 1980s? What happens when we situate drone surveillance programs within a longer arc of colonial air power and atmospheric policing? What happens when we turn the lens to examine the U.S.’s assistance in creating border patrols in other countries? Together in this roundtable, we aim to expand understandings of immigration law enforcement by examining a broader milieu of actors, institutions, geographies, and practices of immigration enforcement and state violence.