The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954

book cover: INS on the line
Friday, March 15, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)
UC Berkeley

It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the second APHS meeting of the semester. Our next session will take place at 12pm on Friday, March 15th in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute of Governmental Studies.

We are thrilled to welcome back History Department alum and Associate Professor of History at CSU San Marcos, Debbie Kang. Professor Kang will discuss her recently published book, The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (Oxford, 2017). As one of the first comprehensive legal histories of the INS in the Southwest, Kang demonstrates that the agency defined itself not only as a law enforcement unit but also as a lawmaking body. In this role, the INS responded to the interests of local residents, businesses, politicians, and social organizations on both sides of the US-Mexico border as well as policymakers in Washington, DC. Given the sheer variety of local and federal demands, local immigration officials constructed a complex approach to border control, an approach that closed the line in the name of nativism and national security, opened it for the benefit of transnational economic and social concerns, and redefined it as a vast legal jurisdiction for the policing of undocumented immigrants. The composite approach to border control developed by the INS continues to inform the daily operations of the nation's immigration agencies, American immigration law and policy, and conceptions of the US-Mexico border today.

Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.

 Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed a week or two in advance).  Hope to see you there.