The End of Deportation

Abstract

Arguments across the political spectrum remain locked in on defining whom it is reasonable to deport and on what are the appropriately humane technologies for carrying out deportations. This article disrupts the common sense of deportation, drawing attention to the limits of assembling scholarship and advocacy efforts around the inevitability of deportation. By introducing deportation abolition as a possible horizon for immigrant scholarship and advocacy, the article pushes legal scholarship to focus on what might be required to end deportation. In questioning the validity of deportation, the article analyzes the limits of conventional legal scholarship and practice on deportation, and considers whether deportation continues to deserve the presumption of legitimacy it currently enjoys.

By uclalaw