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Documenting the UndocumentedLatino/a Narratives and Social Justice in the Era of Operation Gatekeeper$
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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062594

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062594.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Documenting the Undocumented

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

The introduction traces developments in immigration law and in immigration and border enforcement policies that have resulted in the current heightened state of heated rhetoric about illegal immigration. Cumulatively, these developments are referred to as the era of Operation Gatekeeper, the border enforcement policy at the San Diego–Mexico crossing point that was mirrored in other border cities and that marked the escalation of border militarization. The introduction argues that Latino/a writers have responded by increasingly writing works of fiction, non-fiction, and life narrative that represented the issue of illegal immigration and of undocumented immigrants. Such texts offer counter-narratives that challenge prevailing discourses of immigration, and solicit empathy in order to effect change.

Keywords:   border militarization, Operation Gatekeeper, illegal immigration, undocumented, Latino writers

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