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ERIC Number: EJ1091267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Neither Sinners nor Saints: Complicating the Discourse of Noncitizen Deservingness
Dingeman-Cerda, Katie; Muñoz Burciaga, Edelina; Martinez, Lisa M.
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v9 n3 p62-73 2015
This article explores how non citizens, primarily members of the 1.5-generation, experience and rhetorically contest deservingness. We argue that deservingness is constructed through multiple sources including the media, immigrant rights movements, and the law, resulting in a binary of good/bad migrants that does not fully capture the lived experiences of noncitizens. Drawing from three distinct qualitative projects examining the lives of 133 noncitizens, we demonstrate structural conditions underlying divergent experiences of "illegality" and "deportability" (De Genova, 2002). We further complicate the discourse of migrant deservingness through an explication of the commonalities of a range of noncitizens, including DACA recipients, the formerly documented, undocumented migrants, and deportees, highlighting their humanity and worthiness in the process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
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