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Socially UndocumentedIdentity and Imigration Justice$
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Amy Reed-Sandoval

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190619800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190619800.001.0001

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Socially, Not Legally, Undocumented

Socially, Not Legally, Undocumented

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Socially Undocumented

Amy Reed-Sandoval

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there is a distinct social group called the “socially undocumented,” which is distinguishable—at least in certain respects—from the social group of legally undocumented people. Furthermore, it is argued that the socially undocumented are an oppressed social group. They are those who are presumed to be undocumented on the mere basis of their appearance, which often entails being taken to “look like” someone who is Mexico and working class, and subjected to demeaning immigration-related constraints on that basis. This chapter also argues that being oppressed as a socially undocumented person entails being subjected to injustice in the realm of immigration.

Keywords:   oppression, undocumented, immigration, justice, race

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