Austin Kocher of the Ohio State University reviews Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants: Race, Gender, and Immigration Policy Post-9/11, by Anna Sampaio. The book is a comprehensive and relevant overview of the history of restrictive US immigration policies and the more recent securitization of immigration enforcement since the War on Terror. The author seizes upon changes in immigration law before 9/11 (such as the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) as foreshadowing the unprecedented extension of executive authority post-9/11. This authority both depended upon and reconfigured the juridical and political boundaries between citizens and non-citizens, using the discourse of terrorist threat to justify violations of civil liberties and the rapid expansion of immigration enforcement projects throughout the United States.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1111/imre.12284