'Bad Hombres': The Effects of Criminalizing Latino Immigrants through Law and Media in the Rural Midwest

Migration Letters

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Title 'Bad Hombres': The Effects of Criminalizing Latino Immigrants through Law and Media in the Rural Midwest
Creator Gomez Cervantes, Andrea
Alvord, Daniel

Subject Sociology; Public Administration; Political Science
immigration policy; Latino/a; Executive Orders; Kansas; Midwest; criminalization; rural communities; media; stereotypes
Description In this article we explore the policy and legal build-up that led to the 2017 Executive Orders targeting Latino/a immigrant families and communities. We provide a historical backdrop for the merging of criminal and immigration laws that has contributed to the criminalization of the behaviors, bodies, and communities of Latino/a immigrants. We then look at the media narratives that burry immigrants complex identities and reproduce daily the demonization of Latino/as as criminals. Together, these factors contribute to socially construct a Brown Threat which reproduces anxieties and fears about crime, terror, and threats to the nation, affecting the everyday lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike, though in different ways. Based on an 18-month ethnography in a small Kansas town carried out before and after the signing of Executive Orders in 2017, we examine the spill-over effects of this environment on Guatemalan immigrant families as well as on non-immigrant Anglo-white residents in a rural community.
Publisher Transnational Press London
Date 2018-04-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journal.tplondon.com/index.php/ml/article/view/955
Source Migration Letters; Vol 15, No 2 (2018): SI: Immigration and Crime; 182-196
Language eng
Relation https://journal.tplondon.com/index.php/ml/article/view/955/682

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