Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Job Talk: Karma Chávez

"A Child Refugee Crisis and Other Queer Rhetorics of Immigration"

Mon, January 25, 2016 | GWB 2.206 (Gordon-White Building Multipurpose Room)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Job Talk by Karma Chávez
Job Talk by Karma Chávez

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) presents a job talk by Karma Chávez, entitled, "A Child Refugee Crisis and Other Queer Rhetorics of Immigration."

In this presentation, Chávez explores articulations between media and political framings of the July 2014 "surge" in unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexico-U.S. border from Central America as at least in part, a "crisis" of "family values," and humanitarian and immigration rights advocates' framing of immigration reform as necessary to keep families together. She then brings a queer migration perspective to bear upon how both these sets of frames provided the rhetorical resources for Obama's November 2014 executive actions where he promised to "deport felons, not families," and how this perspective helps us to understand how the subsequent January 2016 mass raids and deportations of Central American families are not a turn away from his previous rhetoric or policy, but rather, a logical result.

Sponsored by: The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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