Against the Grain

Criminalizing Immigrants

Donald Trump infamously targeted immigrants — and many rejoiced when he left office. But, as historian Elliott Young points out, the criminalization of immigrants has been a bipartisan affair, going back 140 years. He discusses the intersection of mass incarceration and the detention of immigrants.


Elliott Young, Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World’s Largest Immigrant Detention System Oxford University Press, 2021

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