Lecture: Blockading the Border and Human Rights


Location: Room 210-214, McKenna Hall

Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement
Timothy J. Dunn, Department of Sociology, Salisbury University, Maryland.

4-4:30 p.m. reception; 4:30-5:30 p.m. lecture; 5:30-6 p.m. book signing.

Dunn examines a groundbreaking Border Patrol operation, “Operation Blockade” and related border enforcement efforts in the El Paso region, as well as the local social and political situation that spawned the approach and has shaped it since. He particularly spotlights the human rights abuses and enforcement excesses inflicted on local Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants as well as the challenges to those abuses. Dunn filters his research and fieldwork through two competing lenses: human rights versus the rights of national sovereignty and citizenship.

Sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies.