Institutional Racism in Enforcing Immigration Law.

  • Doris Marie Provine Professor Emerita, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Keywords: immigration enforcement, ethno/racial profiling, pretextual stops, devolution, plenary power.


The United States is committed to aggressive efforts to remove unauthorized immigrants while honoring its commitment to race neutrality. Yet immigration enforcement has disproportionately targeted Mexicans and Central Americans. The racial bias can be found at both the federal and local levels, where local police are becoming increasingly involved in locating unauthorized immigrants. The local example featured here is Arizona because of its historical relationship with Mexico and its enthusiasm for immigration enforcement. I find that the current mix of federal and local enforcement discriminates racially through profiling, hyper-surveillance, abusive stops, problematic searches, and unwarranted detention.
How to Cite
Provine, D. (2013). Institutional Racism in Enforcing Immigration Law. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 8(3).