Special Issue "Immigration Politics in the Age of Trump"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 3 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Lisa Sun-Hee Park

University of California, Santa Barbara
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Migration politics—specifically immigration restriction—propelled the remarkable presidential campaign of Donald Trump and continues to play a central role in his political agenda. While erecting barriers to immigration and strengthening immigration enforcement have long been effective tools in both Republican and Democratic presidential arsenals, the unrelenting and aggressively nativist approach of Trump and his political base appears to mark a particular turn in the historical role of immigration and the substance of immigrant rights in the United States and around the world.

This Special Issue will assess the significance of the current historical moment. The politics of deservingness and social belonging have taken on a stridently hostile tone and concerns about immigrant dependency, personal responsibility, and criminality have reached a new level of crisis, facilitating repressive policy-making and legislation that reflect and reinforce an exertion of heightened levels of state power. This includes, for example, separating and incarcerating migrant children to eliminating procedural protections within immigration court proceedings, travel bans from particular Muslim majority countries, and expanding the deportation net to documented immigrants—a startling number of new enforcement efforts introduced within the first two years of Trump’s presidency.

In addition, national borders have taken on even greater symbolic and cultural importance as the southern borderlands function as a convenient and tangible front to address racial and economic anxieties associated with a growing immigrant population and the frequently intangible “global war on terror.” At the same time, we have witnessed the continuous disintegration of civil rights and the social safety net for both citizens and non-citizens in the name of border control and national security. The goal of this Special Issue is to pause and carefully analyze the larger significance of these policies and delve deeper into the social impact of these changes on immigrant communities.

Towards this end, the research papers in this issue will critically assess the current condition and raise such pivotal questions as: What salience do migration discourses and differentiations such as documented vs. undocumented; legal vs. illegal; “good” vs. “bad”; or immigrant vs. refugee hold today? To what degree do recent and ongoing efforts to control the quantity and “quality” of the citizenry mark a substantial social shift in the boundaries of society and the politics of national belonging, if at all? How are immigrant communities and their allies responding and producing new knowledge, tactics, strategies, and visions for survival, dignity, solidarity, and justice? What are the international ramifications for these U.S.-based actions? What does the current era signify for the future?

Prof. Lisa Sun-Hee Park
Guest Editor

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  • Immigration policy
  • Trump
  • USA
  • migration discourses

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