What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

The government and media call them “immigrant detention centers.” They are meant to be temporary holding facilities—up to 72 hours—for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the southern US border. But the average length of stay has become much longer and the facilities have become overcrowded and unsanitary. In a word, the conditions are inhumane.

The Crime of Migrant Accompaniment?

The criminalization of accompaniment is also an attack on the production of knowledge, particularly the day-to-day knowledge generated by accompanying migrants en route.

The Moon as Metaphor in Migration Research

I figure I was seven years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I remember being at my neighbors’ house, sitting on their oval braided rug, watching the small-screen TV. I can still picture those fuzzy black and white images of the spacecraft and astronauts. Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I get chills when I replay that moon landing on the internet.

Digital Elder Care

In a transnational context, co-residence and touch are not possible due to the geographic distance among family members. Instead, calling has become an elder care practice: sharing everydayness on the phone by sharing the details of one’s daily life is a way of enacting co-presence at a distance, not only as a feeling, but as a concrete practice that involves parents, their children, and phones.

Noncitizens and Spaces of Reprieve in Putin’s Russia

Public discourse across North America and Europe is increasingly defined by a tension between the (constitutionally protected) rights of citizens and the international human rights of noncitizens. This is also the case in Russia, where activist-organized schooling for refugee and migrant children creates a space in which ideals of citizenship and belonging are negotiated.

A Demagogue’s Words Matter

Trump’s immigration metaphors set a divisive tone from the top. His immigration metaphors do not constitute “plain speaking,” “strong language,” or “passionate debate,” nor can they be innocently excused as his “own style.” His language is textbook demagoguery, and his immigration metaphors help constitute our current sociopolitical moment.

Cities as Migrant Emplacement

São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]

Immigrant Journeys to Higher Education

 Immigrant parents are the original DREAMers. The research considers us successful because we made it to college. I think we wouldn’t be here without our parents. That’s just the bottom line. Our parents had so much personal drive and so much dedication to bring us to where we are now that there’s no way that […]

Reproductive Travelers

Examining the migratory pathways of a global reproductive industry.   We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to launch an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. American reproductive travelers I met Valerie at a Czech […]