Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Susan Bibler Coutin is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States; Legalizing Moves: Salvadoran Immigrants’ Struggle for U.S. Residency; and The Culture of Protest: Religious Activism and the U.S. Sanctuary Movement.
Exiled Home through Deportation
This chapter focuses on the realities created by the securitization of U.S. immigration law. Deported 1.5-generation Salvadorans have found themselves essentially exiled from the homes and families that they knew in the United States. In El Salvador, they encounter a somewhat alien country where many are stigmatized and harassed. By recounting the experiences of deported youth, this chapter considers the ways that U.S. immigration enforcement practices reshape national landscapes.