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Studying Up the Volatile State: What Deportation Orders Teach Us About the US Immigration System

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Guest Speaker: Austin Kocher, Faculty Fellow, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University. 

The U.S. immigration system is in crisis.  As a result of Obama- and Trump-era policies, immigrants are arrested, detained, and deported at historic levels. Yet the rapidly-changing policy landscape has created unprecedented volatility for the immigration system, prompting new criticisms of immigration restrictions and wall-building from both inside and outside the government. This talk will use deportation orders as a critical lens through which to examine why the immigration system has become so volatile and how volatility is being weaponized by the state against undocumented immigrant. 

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