Crimmigration

Felicia Arriaga
Duke University
Discipline(s): SociologySocial Science
Syllabus Last Updated: 
July, 2016

This course broadly tackles issues of race, immigration, and citizenship and seeks to explore Latino encounters with the criminal justice system, emphasizing how this system interacts with immigration policies to create a form of racialized social control perhaps different than that targeted at the “criminal black man” (Russel-Brown 2008), yet still subject to anti-Muslim rhetoric (Saenz and Manges Douglas 2015). This class bridges the race, immigration,criminology, and legal studies literatures to highlight the lack of research focused on this particular group in relation to other racialized groups. Few studies exist that focus on Latinos in the criminal justice system, particularly within the Sociological discipline (Weitzer 2013). Instead, most research within the field of Sociology on racial minorities and their experiences in the criminal justice system focuses on a black-white binary. Crimmigration (Stumpf 2006, Trujillo-Pagan 2013), a relatively new fusion of criminology and immigration law, is beginning to take on some of these challenges but there is ample room to explore this subject, especially within new immigrant destinations.