Noncitizenship and the case for illegalized persons

NOTE: This blog post was published on The Berkeley Blogs on January 24th, 2017. You can find the original post here. -ize (verb suffix): cause to be or conform to or resemble…cause to be formed into… (2): subject to a (specified) action…treat according to the method of…  — Merriam Webster Part I: Introduction As a […]

No Church in the Wild: The Politics of the Sanctuary Campus

NOTE: This blog post was published on the Berkeley Blog on November 23rd, 2016. You can find the original post here. “Lies on the lips of a priest/Thanksgiving disguised as a feast” — Jay-Z and Kanye West, No Church in The Wild (from Watch the Throne) It has been two weeks since the election that […]

Project Introduction “Other Borders: Undocumented Immigrants and Claims for Regularization”

Over the course of the next few months, I want to spell out what claims undocumented immigrants can make if we assume that the immigration system is just and the immigration system distributes its benefits in a procedurally fair way. For the purposes of this discussion, the benefit in question is the conferral of resident […]

Anti-Blackness in Immigration – On Policy

Immigration “reform” is no stranger to Anti-blackness. The purpose of this article (and ones in the immediate future) is to refine a position that does not get as much play as it ought to – the motif of anti-blackness as it applies to immigration policy discussions. In “On Reifying Anti-Blackness Through So-called Immigration “Reform”” – […]

Thoughts on The African Voice in the Immigration Debate

To the detriment of the immigration reform debate, the African/Caribbean voice is silent. This is not to take away from the summer of 2012 when my Kenyan-born self came out as undocumented during a Maryland DREAM act rally in front of Baltimore’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office and marched for the same cause later […]