American overseas imperialism functions most powerfully through its infrastructures—debt, education, bureaucracy, mobility—filtered through DHS.
“There came a point in my life … where I realized that almost every narrative, whatever it came from, that dealt with an African country was pretty much a rewriting of ‘Heart of Darkness.’”
“I hope people will see the heartbreak of a little kid having to grow up and say goodbye to his childhood in order to survive.”
“For those Afro-Caribbean Panamanian who had lived through Panama’s Canal Zone apartheid, Brooklyn segregation probably came as no surprise.”
Railroads—in the Jim Crow South just as in today’s Ukraine—employ physical infrastructure to create racial divisions.
For decades, undocumented Americans have been asked to tell their stories, in the hopes that this would galvanize political change. Did it work?
Whether tracking a migrant traveling thousands of miles or someone on parole at home, carceral tech is reaching into all walks of life.
“Borders continue to gather life’s promises, even when walls and checkpoints brutally divide nations and societies.”
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
Design can lift some communities. But it can also subject others to live precariously, often at the same time.
COVID-19 highlights how the global order is built on, and excels in, closing the path of migrants unjustly.
The family portrait is part of the immigrant tradition. An establishing shot for family history, they remind us of who we come from, who we love.
Empathy will not close the refugee camps, nor will it aid refugees. So what will?
How can migrants speak? And what can listening to them reveal about the system of national sovereignty, the persistence of legal exclusion, and the longing for home?
Why do women and feminized people flee Central America? What do they find when they reach the United States?
The pandemic took the health inequalities generated by US imperialism, and made them worse.
Introducing a new series to push forward our thinking and action about immigration and borders.
How has data been used to organize labor, and how do we make ourselves visible to data-centric systems?
“Just do something. Just do something. Just a very small thing. I’m not an ideological person, really.”
In 20 years, Congress has never passed the DREAM Act. What has been lost in chasing this legislation’s narrow dreams?