Im/migration in the Trump Era

One year into the Trump presidency, when our core values of multiculturalism, cross-cultural understanding, international diversity, and racial inclusion are under threat, many anthropologists are reflecting deeply upon our roles as teachers, researchers, and engaged scholars. For those of us working with immigrant and refugee communities in our research and teaching, we have been called to the front lines to support students, research participants, interlocutors, colleagues, friends, and family members who face real fears of prohibited entry and forced removal from the United States. The current political climate, which includes actual and pending legislation and administrative policies barring Muslims, banning refugees, building walls, terminating family-based immigration policy, ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs, and recruiting local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration policy, heightens the stakes of our work. This Hot Spots series seeks to generate a discussion between scholars and activists working in the United States about the potentials and challenges of practicing engaged anthropology with (im)migrants in the current political era.

Posts in This Series

Introduction: Im/migration in the Trump Era

The Red Underside of Blue States

“ICE was like an urban legend here in Maryland”

UndocuHoosiers: Resist and Persist in the Era of Trump

Creating Critical Campus Allies for Undocumented Students

Creating Sanctuary: Practices of Acompañamiento


Sanctuary: Reflections on a Social Movement

Postelection Revanchist Anti-Immigration Policy

“Stand tall in the face of hatred”: An Interview with a Youth Activist in the Immigrant Rights Movement

Care in Contexts of Child Detention

When Border Patrol Rolls Up to Campus

Resources for Migrant Returnees in Mexico

Criminal Alien Deportations, Education, and U.S.–Mexico Borderland Imaginaries