Handcuffs and Chain Link: Criminalizing the Undocumented in America


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University of Virginia Press
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6.5 X 0.7 X 8.8 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.


Handcuffs and Chain Link: Criminalizing the Undocumented in America, which traces the roots and continued linkage between undocumented immigration and undocumented immigrants and criminality, is extremely timely.... [Gonzalez O'Brien] provides a compelling contribution to several fields including public policy, political science, and migration studies.... [the] thoughtful and persuasive book is a beneficial read to individuals both inside and outside of the academy.

--Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

This book contributes to understanding of the political history and the evolution of public policy responses to immigration. Well researched, accessible, and engaging, this text should be used in political science, border studies, sociology, public policy, and research methods classes. Summing Up: Highly recommended.


Handcuffs and Chain Link offers an illuminating take on the politics of undocumented immigration in the United States. Gonzalez O'Brien seamlessly integrates key themes of criminality, illegality, and federal policy, filling an important hole in the field.

--Natalie Masuoka, coauthor of The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion, and Immigration

Beyond its brilliant analysis of the political history of immigration debates, Handcuffs and Chain Link shows the origins and consequences of negative stereotypes against Latino immigrants in the U.S. today. Anyone interested in understanding American immigration policy past, present and future should have this exceptional, must-read, book on their shelf.

--Matt A. Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles, author of Ethnic Cues: The Role of Shared Ethnicity in Latino Political Behavior