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“Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference”

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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Host Karma Chavez interviewed commentator Yasmin Nair about her piece, “Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference.” Yasmin Nair is an academic, activist and commentator who lives in Chicago. She has contributed to various anthologies, including “Arab Studies Quarterly”, “Captive Genders: trans-embodiment and the prison-industrial complex”, and “Windy City Queer: LGBTQ dispatches from the third coast”. She argues that “In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalism, emphasizing individualized narratives about freedom over systemic critique.” She wrote in the piece, “Given the toxic recent history of the term “illegal alien” and its association with an extreme right-wing perspective on immigration, it is only natural that liberal and …. more »

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