CANCELED – Shut the Back Door: Immigration Control and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-Now
January 27 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street
Kelly Lytle Hernandez
University of California, Los Angeles and Million Dollar Hoods
In 1929, the United States Congress made it a crime to enter the United States without inspection. The law’s target was Mexican immigrants. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens have been imprisoned in the United States on this charge. Today, unlawful entry after deportation is the lead charge sending people to federal prison in the United States.
This talk will explore the passage of the 1929 legislation and its evolution across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a project of criminalizing non-white immigration to the United States.