Immigration, Illegality, and Citizenship

Immigration, lllegality, and Citizenship in the Americas

image of people crossing Rio GrandeCoordinated by:
Prof. Angela Stuesse (UNC-CH, Anthropology and Global Studies,
Prof. Todd Ochoa, (UNC-CH, Religious Studies,
Barbara Sostaita (UNC-CH, Religious Studies,

Between 2012 and 2015, 7.2 million people in the Americas left their home countries, a trend that continues to grow. As global inequality rises, immigrants across Latin America flee conflict zones, natural catastrophes, or conditions of economic collapse. With anti-immigrant discourse and policy on the rise throughout the hemisphere, a growing number find themselves undocumented in their countries of transit and destination. The dissolution of policies previously enacted to protect immigrants (TPS and DACA in the United States, for example) create new levels of vulnerability for immigrants in their host countries. These conditions ensure that state security apparatuses ultimately create insecure communities.

We seek to expand the gaze of Latin American Studies to include Latinx populations and concerns in North America. In so doing, we embrace a transcontinental understanding of our interdisciplinary field that troubles notions of ”us,” “them,” and “home” and unites our common interests in mobility, illegality, and citizenship across the hemisphere.

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