Author Archives: Jennifer M. Chacón

About Jennifer M. Chacón

Jennifer M. Chacón is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is a co-author of an immigration law textbook and the author of numerous articles, chapters, and essays on immigration law, criminal law, constitutional law, race and the law, and citizenship. Her recent research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has served as the chair of the American Association of Law School's Section on Immigration, and she is a member of the American Law Institute.

Shapeshifting Displacement: Notions of Membership and Deservingness Forged by Illegalized Residents

Abstract: This paper considers how accounts produced by illegalized residents in the United States shapeshift US immigration enforcement regimes by defining narrators and their communities as “belonging.” Anthropologist Aimee Cox develops the notion of “shapeshifting” to refer to how groups that are deemed “social problems” redefine the institutions within which they are embedded. The illegalized residents interviewed for this paper redefined US immigration law and policy as arbitrary, racially biased, and exploitative, even as they argued that they deserved status in the United States. Such Continue reading → Continue reading →