Gaja Maestri of Durham University reviews Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control by Tom K. Wong. This book examines what are arguably the most contested and dynamic immigration policies immigration control across 25 immigrant-receiving countries, including the U.S. and most of the European Union. The book addresses head on three of the most salient aspects of immigration control: the denial of rights to non-citizens, their physical removal and exclusion from the polity through deportation, and their deprivation of liberty and freedom of movement in immigration detention. In addition to answering the question of why states do what they do, the book describes contemporary trends in what Wong refers to as the machinery of immigration control, analyzes the determinants of these trends using a combination of quantitative analysis and fieldwork, and explores whether efforts to deter unwanted immigration are actually working.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1111/imre.12280