Latin@ immobilities and altermobilities within the U.S. deportability regime

Marta Maria Maldonado, Adela C. Licona, Sarah Hendricks

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In this article, we explore how racialized constructions of a “Latin@ threat” serve as ideological underpinning for the practices of the U.S. deportability regime and also fuel broader practices of policeability, with consequences for Latin@ mobilities and immobilities. Drawing from ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews with Latin@s in Perry, Iowa, we discuss “the border within” as an extension of border politics and borderlands rhetorics to the U.S. heartland, explore imposed mobilities and immobilities, and also recognize tactical immobilities and altermobilities undertaken by Latin@s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the American Association of Geographers
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016


  • Deportability
  • Immigrant mobilities and immobilities
  • Latinos
  • New gateways
  • Policeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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