Heide Castañeda’s Borders of Belonging: Struggle and Solidarity in Mixed-Status Immigrant Families offers an intimate look at the impacts of immigration policies and border policing not just on undocumented people, but on their entire families.
Border security—supported by Republicans and Democrats alike—is responsible for the death of Jakelin Caal, the exoneration of the Border Patrol agent who murdered a Mexican teen, and the separation and death of thousands of immigrant families.
On August 30, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that deportations would continue to be "very robust." Why? Because of a recent federal decision to impose the controversial Secure Communities program on the entire country by 2013—a program, opponents say, that is tearing families apart.