Cultural Trauma of 287(g) and the Growth of Solidarity in the Latino Community Public Deposited

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  • Huerta-Bapat, Carmen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act of 1996 authorizes local police officers to detect, detain and deport undocumented immigrants during routine patrols (Vaughan & Edwards, 2009). This program is producing a considerable increase in deportations, obstructing the daily activities of documented and undocumented Latinos alike, and limiting their interactions with public institutions. Using Sztompka's (2000) framework of cultural trauma, I conducted 20 semi-structured in-depth interviews with adult Latin American immigrants living in two adjacent cities in North Carolina. Long Hill is known as a sanctuary location since 287(g) is not enforced by local police officers; Montgomery City, on the other hand, actively enforces the program. I found that rather than incapacitating Latinos, 287(g) has provided an impetus for increased Latino solidarity across nationalities and has advanced a sense of linked fate among Latinos.
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  • Tyson, Karolyn
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