(Im)migration Detention: A Selective Bibliography

June 2, 2019
By: Carl Lindskoog

This bibliography supplements an essay published in the Summer 2019 issue of the Immigration and Ethnic History Newsletter (available now to IEHS members and freely available online after a one-year delay). As the essay explains, and this list shows, scholars in an array of disciplines have shaped the historiography of (im)migration detention. The field brings together work on topics as varied as the regulation of nineteenth-century immigration, Japanese American internment, racialized mass incarceration, and state sovereignty and human rights. The works appear in the order in which they are discussed in the essay.

Wilsher, Daniel. Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics. London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Hernández, David Manuel. “Pursuant to Deportation: Latinos and Immigrant Detention.” Latino Studies 6, no. 1–2 (April 2008): 35–63.

Pitkin, Thomas M. Keepers of the Gate: A History of Ellis Island. New York: New York University Press, 1975.

Bayor, Ronald H. Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Brownstone, David M., Irene M. Franck, and Douglass Brownstone. Island of Hope, Island of Tears: The Story of Those Who Entered the New World Through Ellis Island – In Their Own Words. New York: Metro Books, 2003.

Lai, Him Mark, Judy Yung, and Genny Lim. Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910–1940. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991.

Barde, Robert Eric. Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008.

Lee, Erika and Judy Yung. Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. London: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Tateishi, John. And Justice for All: An Oral History of the Japanese American Detention Camps. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.

Daniels, Roger. Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993.

Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016.

Paik, A. Naomi. Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Cole, David. Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. New York City: The New Press, 2003.

Golash-Boza, Tanya. Immigration Nation: Raids, Detentions, and Deportations in Post-9/11 America. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2012.

Lindskoog, Carl. Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2018

Lipman, Jana K. Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Lipman, Jana K. “The Fish Trusts the Water, and It Is in the Water That It Is Cooked: The Caribbean Origins of the Krome Detention Center.” Radical History Review 115 (2013): 115–41.

Dow, Mark. American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Loyd, Jenna M. and Alison Mountz. Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018.

Kahn, Jeffrey S. Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Kahn, Robert S. Other People’s Blood: U.S. Immigration Prisons in the Reagan Decade. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.

Dunn, Timothy J. The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low-Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home. Center for Mexican American Studies. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

Simon, Jonathan. “Refugees in a Carceral Age: The Rebirth of Immigration Prisons in the United States.” Public Culture 10, no. 3 (April 1998): 577–607.

Bosworth, Mary and Emma Kaufman. “Foreigners in a Carceral Age: Immigration and Imprisonment in the US” Stanford Law and Policy Review 22, no. 1 (2011): 101–26.

Hester, Torrie. “Deportability and the Carceral State.” Journal of American History 102, no. 1 (June 2015): 141-51.

Gottschalk, Marie. Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Macías-Rojas, Patrisia. From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America. New York: New York University Press, 2016.

Loyd, Jenna M., Matt Mitchelson, and Andrew Burridge, eds. Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.

Golash-Boza, Tanya. Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

Hernández, César Cuauhtémoc García. “Immigration Detention as Punishment.” UCLA Law Review 61 (2014): 1346–413.

Dowling, Julie A. and Jonathan Xavier Inda. Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Menjívar, Cecilia and Daniel Kanstroom. Constructing Immigrant “Illegality”: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Welch, Michael. Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Cornelisse, Galina. Immigration Detention and Human Rights: Rethinking Territorial Sovereignty. Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010.

Kaufman, Emma. Punish and Expel: Border Control, Nationalism, and the New Purpose of the Prison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Guia, Maria Joao, Robert Koulish, and Valsamis Mitsilegas, eds. Immigration Detention, Risk, and Human Rights. New York: Springer, 2016.

Nethery, Amy and Stephanie J. Silverman, eds. Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and its Human Impact. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017.

Wong, Tom K. Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of immigration Control. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Hamm, Mark S. The Abandoned Ones: The Imprisonment and Uprising of the Mariel Boat People. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.

Fiske, Lucy. Human Rights, Refugee Protest and Immigration Detention. London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2016.

Ordaz, Jessica. “Protesting Conditions Inside El Corralón: Immigration Detention, State Repression, and Transnational Migrant Politics in El Centro, California.” Journal of American Ethnic History 38, no. 2 (Winter 2019): 65–93.

Regan, Margaret. Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 2016.

Kunstler, Daniel. Passaic: The True Story of One Man’s Journey Through American Immigration, Detention and Deportation. Sacramento: Tamalpais Press, 2014.

Danticat, Edwidge. Brother, I’m Dying. New York: Random House, 2007.

Solinger, Rickie, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds, and Ruby C. Tapia, eds. Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Escobar, Martha D. Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina (Im)migrants. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.

Bosworth, Mary. Inside Immigration Detention. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Hiemstra, Nancy. Detain and Deport: The Chaotic U.S. Immigration Enforcement Regime. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019.

Conlon, Dierdre and Nancy Hiemstra, eds. Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2015.

Flynn, Michael J. and Michael B. Flynn. Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists, and Policy-makers. Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2017.

Hernández, César Cuauhtémoc García. Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants. New York: The New Press, 2019.

Carl Lindskoog

Carl Lindskoog is assistant professor of history at Raritan Valley Community College and the author of Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System. His current book project focuses on revolution, migration, and the Sanctuary Movement from Reagan to Trump.

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