How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Racism and the Immigration Crisis

Speaker: Natalie Cisneros, Seattle University

What should be done about the "problem" of immigration?  What do we mean when we talk about the "immigration crisis? 

The perceived problem of immigration and debates about how to solve it have taken center stage in national discourse. 

In my talk, I interrogate the critique this conception of immigration as a crisis that must be resolved. That is, instead of asking what can and should be done about the problem presented by "illegal aliens," I suggest that we must ask where and through what means immigration has come to be understood as a problem in the contemporary United States. 

I show how that program of immigration and criminalization of migrants are constructed by functions of biopolitical racism. 

Ultimately, I argue that resisting racist oppression surrounding immigration means resisting biopolitical racism itself.




Event Details

Cone University Center
Room 111


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Pamela Eudy


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Event Date & Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM