Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

Johns Hopkins. Sept. 2019. 232p. ISBN 9781421433318. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781421433325. SOC SCI
Lopez (health behavior & health education, Univ. of Michigan) examines the effects of immigration raids on families and community. Centered on a 2013 raid in Michigan, Lopez’s analysis focuses on the aftermath of the raid from a public health perspective, showing how the events had long-term psychological and economic consequences for their specific target, their family, and their community. The author found that undocumented people must continually choose between compliance with authorities or deportation, even if the demands asked of them are unfair. Lopez demonstrates how these individuals struggle to obtain identification and often do not utilize government resources owing to fear of deportation. He continues to relay how the community closed itself off to the victims of the raid, fearing they might also be targeted. Lopez conducted ride-alongs with local police in order to gain their viewpoint and found that police culture contributes to heavy-handed enforcement. His investigation is intersectional and draws comparisons between police brutality toward African Americans and Latinx people. Lopez concludes with suggestions for how communities can improve relations with undocumented residents.
VERDICT While an important work, the academic presentation may not appeal to casual readers. Best suited for scholarly audiences interested in immigration and law enforcement.

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