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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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The US-Mexico Cell

The US-Mexico Cell

(p.193) Chapter 9 The US-Mexico Cell
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the tensional border regime at the US-Mexico border. Despite the US government’s attempt to unify and centrifugally organize many of these heterogeneous agencies into a single Department of Homeland Security with a single executive secretary, this immigrant industrial complex continues to function as a system of linked centers of force—often in tension with one another and often resisting federal control. The Border Patrol, US employers, private detention centers, ICE, immigrant transportation agencies, and all kinds of local enforcement groups are now bound to one another in a social circulatory system of tensional kinetic linkages. One cannot move without affecting the movement of another. At the US-Mexico border we can identify three major kinds of cells: the identification cell, the detention cell, and the processing cell.

Keywords:   detention, immigration, Mexico border, deportation, immigration law, detention center

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