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Nations of Emigrants Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in el Salvador and the United States

ISBN-10: 0801473969
ISBN-13: 9780801473968
Edition: 2007
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Description: The violence and economic devastation of the 1980-1992 civil war in El Salvador drove as many as one million Salvadorans to enter the United States, frequently without authorization. In Nations of Emigrants, the legal anthropologist Susan Bibler  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The violence and economic devastation of the 1980-1992 civil war in El Salvador drove as many as one million Salvadorans to enter the United States, frequently without authorization. In Nations of Emigrants, the legal anthropologist Susan Bibler Coutin analyzes the case of emigration from El Salvador to the United States to consider how current forms of migration challenge conventional understandings of borders, citizenship, and migration itself. Interviews with policymakers and activists in El Salvador and the United States are juxtaposed with Salvadoran emigrants' accounts of their journeys to the United States, their lives in this country, and, in some cases, their removal to El Salvador. These interviews and accounts illustrate the dilemmas that migration creates for nation-states as well as the difficulties for individuals who must live simultaneously within and outside the legal systems of two countries.During the 1980s, U.S. officials generally regarded these migrants as economic immigrants who deserved to be deported, rather than as political refugees who merited asylum. By the 1990s, these Salvadorans were made eligible for legal permanent residency, at least in part due to the lives that they had created in the United States. Remarkably, this redefinition occurred during a period when more restrictive immigration policies were being adopted by the U.S. government. At the same time, Salvadorans in the United States, who send relatives more than $3 billion in remittances annually, have become a focus of policymaking in El Salvador and are considered key to its future.

Susan Bibler Coutin is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, School of Social Ecology, at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Legalizing Moves: Salvadoran Immigrants' Struggle for U.S. Residency and The Culture of Protest: Religious Activism and the U.S. Sanctuary Movement .

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Prologue. "Ni de aqui, ni de alia"
Introduction
Los Retornados (Returnees)
La Ley NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act)
Atencion a la Comunidad en el Exterior (Attention to Salvadorans Living Abroad)
En el Camino (En Route)
Las Remesas (Remittances)
Productos de la Guerra (Products of War)
Si, se puede! (Yes, it can be done!)
Conclusion
Epilogue. "Frutos de la Guerra"
References
Notes
Index

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