Migrating to Prison
My second book takes a hard look at immigration prisons. Where once the United States rarely imprisoned people for violating immigration law, today we lock up 400,000 every year–from babies to the elderly. In Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants (The New Press), I explain how the United States got here and why we should abolish immigration prisons.
Available December 3, 2019 from your local independent bookstore or Amazon. During the winter of 2019-2020, look for my talks in bookstores in Boston, Denver, New York City, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., & more.
“an accessible history and fierce critique of the U.S. immigration system….His thoughtful mixture of reportage and legal scholarship makes for an important entry in the immigration debate.” – Publishers Weekly
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
In the last thirty years, criminal law and immigration law have become so deeply intertwined that for migrants the distinction between these areas of law is frequently irrelevant. What matters is that immigration law often turns on the outcome of criminal proceedings, that criminal proceedings are routinely affected by a defendant’s immigration status, and that policing habits long associated with one or the other area of law have crossed the doctrinal divide. This is crimmigration law.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández has gathered the insight accumulated from six years of chronicling these developments on crImmigration.com and in scholarly articles into Crimmigration Law, the first book to map the doctrinal landscape of this emerging body of law that is rapidly evolving in courtrooms and legislatures throughout the United States.
“García Hernández is to be congratulated on his attempt to further the field of crimmigration law. His book is an important contribution to the debate on the rise of formal social control of immigration by means of harsh enforcement measures.” – Eduardo Saad-Diniz, Professor, Ribeirão Preto Law School and Program for Latin American Integration, University of São Paulo [read the full review here]
César “is a luminary among scholars working in the area” of crimmigration law and this book “represents a tool for lawyers to become better lawyers for their clients, and to achieve better outcomes for the most socially outcast members of society—criminals and immigrants.” – SpearIt, Associate Professor of Law at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law [read the full review here]
“Crimmigration Law is a must-read for law students and practitioners seeking an introduction to the complex legal doctrine and practice challenges at the merger of immigration and criminal law.” – Ingrid V. Eagly, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest and Policy [read the full review here]
“Put it right next to your Kurzban’s.” – Matthew L. Kolken, immigration attorney at Kolken & Kolken and frequent news commentator [read the full review here]