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On Writing: Sometimes Less Is More

By |September 5th, 2014|

I have published my first piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education's new site: Vitae. You can read it here and I have pasted the first few paragraphs below.I recently organized a writing retreat in Yosemite National Park. When the participants learned that we would only be writing for two ...read more

A note on terminology: U.S. current immigration law enforcement regime is one of “mass deportation.”

By |August 29th, 2014|

My forthcoming book is tentatively titled “Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism.” People sometimes ask if “mass deportation” is an appropriate way to describe the current moment. I think it is. Here's why.The term “mass incarceration” has been deployed to explain how and why the United States locks up a higher ...read more

Refugee Status a Poor Indicator of Need

By |August 8th, 2014|

“You're crazy if you think all those children are refugees,” the post begins angrily. The poster goes on to explain that he works in an immigration legal clinic, and so is familiar with U.S. immigration law. These children simply do not qualify as U.S. refugees.Equally angry, other posters point to ...read more

Enforcement spending will do little to solve this humanitarian crisis

By |July 13th, 2014|

The Border Patrol apprehended twice as many unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States this year as they did last year. In response to this surge in the apprehension of unaccompanied minors, President Obama is requesting $4 billion from Congress. These funds will be used on new Border Patrol ...read more

How to Publish an Article in an Academic Journal: Avoid Rookie Mistakes

By |May 22nd, 2014|

If you are reading this, I likely don't need to tell you about the importance of publishing scholarly articles to get an academic position or, if you have one, to secure tenure or promotion. Instead, I'd like to offer you some tips that might help you get your research published.I ...read more

Avoid Yosemite Crowds and Explore California’s Back Country

By |April 13th, 2014|

Central California is well known for beautiful Yosemite. However, like many well-known places, Yosemite has the drawback of being crowded on most weekends.If you are near Yosemite, I would never advise you to skip it, as it is one of the most amazing places on earth. However, if you have ...read more

How to meet your financial, fitness, and writing goals: Five strategies that work

By |April 5th, 2014|

Have you ever lost weight, saved money for an important purchase, or met a writing deadline?If you have ever met any fitness, financial, or writing goals, there is a good chance that you have developed skills that will allow you to meet other goals.The strategies for meeting very different kinds ...read more

What counts as a deportation? A pictorial guide to the numbers.

By |April 3rd, 2014|

I have a couple of pieces coming out about how we count deportations, but, in the meantime, wanted to share a few graphics with readers that I hope will help shed some light on deportation numbers.First is a very important table:This table shows the total number of removals during the ...read more

Is President Obama a “Deporter-in-Chief”?

By |April 2nd, 2014|

Last month, Janet Murguia referred to President Obama as “deporter in chief.” Is this an accurate depiction of President Obama?As I argue here, as of March 21, 2014, there were two million removals under the Obama administration. This estimate is based on publicly available data from the Office of Immigration ...read more

President Obama has surpassed 2 million deportations

By |March 18th, 2014|

By Tanya Golash-Boza Many activists and news sites have claimed that President Obama has reached or surpassed two million deportations.The number two million is significant because when Obama reaches [...]