Legalizing Moves: Salvadoran Immigrants' Struggle for U.S. Residency

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University of Michigan Press, 2003 - Law - 228 pages
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Legalizing Moves analyzes the battle Salvadoran immigrants have fought for two decades to win legal permanent residency in the United States. Drawing on interviews with Salvadoran asylum applicants, observations of deportation hearings, and fieldwork within the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles, Susan Bibler Coutin illustrates the profound effects of increasingly restrictive immigration laws on the lives of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Susan Bibler Coutin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, at the University of California, Irvine.
 

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Contents

Negotiating Identities
1
Illegality and the Spaces of Nonexistence
27
Papeles Permisos and Permanence
49
Law Is One Thing Justice Is Another
79
In the Wolfs Mouth
105
From Refugees to Immigrants
135
Legitimizing Realities
163
Notes
179
References
199
Index
217
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