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Discretion-as-politics in immigration processes: the case of unaccompanied migrant children in the US

Discretion-as-politics in immigration processes: the case of unaccompanied migrant children in the US
Discretion-as-politics in immigration processes: the case of unaccompanied migrant children in the US
Trump administration’s anti-immigration measures affected dramatically the lives of unaccompanied migrant children (unaccompanied minors-UAMs) at the Southern border. This paper investigates how and the extent to which the ‘discretionary power’ of immigration officials served the political objective of obstructing UAMs’ prospects of immigration relief. By drawing on qualitative empirical data, this paper finds that border officials and the Attorney General employed ‘discretion-as-politics’ to block UAMs’ prospects of regularizing their immigration status in the US, which was consistent with the political agenda of the Trump administration.
unaccompanied migrant children, discretion, Trump administration
Iusmen, Ingi
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Iusmen, Ingi
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Iusmen, Ingi (2021) Discretion-as-politics in immigration processes: the case of unaccompanied migrant children in the US. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. (doi:10.1080/15562948.2021.1978605). (In Press)

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Trump administration’s anti-immigration measures affected dramatically the lives of unaccompanied migrant children (unaccompanied minors-UAMs) at the Southern border. This paper investigates how and the extent to which the ‘discretionary power’ of immigration officials served the political objective of obstructing UAMs’ prospects of immigration relief. By drawing on qualitative empirical data, this paper finds that border officials and the Attorney General employed ‘discretion-as-politics’ to block UAMs’ prospects of regularizing their immigration status in the US, which was consistent with the political agenda of the Trump administration.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 September 2021
Keywords: unaccompanied migrant children, discretion, Trump administration

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Local EPrints ID: 451269
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451269
PURE UUID: 109aedd0-f196-47ab-81a7-1bde484a7e8e
ORCID for Ingi Iusmen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6658-0667

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Date deposited: 16 Sep 2021 10:36
Last modified: 21 Sep 2021 01:43

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