U.S. immigration enforcement: then and now, there and here


  • Mathew Coleman The Ohio State University, Department of Geography


This article examines shifts in US border and immigration policing over the last few decades, tracing the transformation of policing from an outwards-looking power located at the territorial margins of the state to an inwards-looking power focused on immigrant populations. I review five components of the militarization of US-Mexico border policy, then outline the recent expansion of enforcement to the US interior. Rather than marking a distinct break between policing regimes, I instead show that many of the same practices remain central to US immigration control. Heeding Paasi’s social-process oriented conceptualization of territory, the article closes with a reflection on borders and bordering.

How to Cite

Coleman, M. (2015). U.S. immigration enforcement: then and now, there and here. Nordia Geographical Publications, 44(4), 57–64. Retrieved from https://nordia.journal.fi/article/view/64833