Anthropology in Unseen Spaces

Documenting the human costs of the US security-state. This spring, Esperanza, a Salvadoran woman in the small California Central Valley town of Mendota, was on her way to church when the police pulled her over for having “overly tinted windows.” As is becoming more common in this rural town in conservative Fresno County—a county that depends […]

Municipal IDs as a Route to Public Safety and Well-Being for Immigrants

On a hot Wednesday evening in the bare bones community room of the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona, I gather with a small group of immigrant activists, community organizers, and their non-immigrant allies/accomplices as part of a campaign to establish a municipal ID program. I come to the campaign table as an applied anthropologist […]

On the Lookout

The Kharij Collective  In February 2017, we came together as the Kharij Collective and organized a national teach-in on the Executive Order that came to be known as the “Muslim Ban.” The teach-in, comprised of academics, activists, and lawyers, addressed the specifics of the order, while also contextualizing it within a longer history of anti-Muslim […]

Trump, Immigration, and Children

Disrupted Schooling, Disrupted Lives Since President Trump took office, immigrant arrests are up over 32 percent compared to the same time period last year (Washington Post). While the number of deportations is down slightly (likely due to court backlogs), unlike his predecessor President Obama, who focused on arresting and deporting violent criminals and anyone posing […]