The Construction of the Hispanic Migrant as Terrorist
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In order to understand the deeply troubling conditions that migrants face, the author first tackles the descriptive question: how are Hispanic migrants labelled and treated in Arizona? She propose that Hispanic migrants in the Southwest of the U.S. are treated not only as noncitizens or even criminals, but more severely as terrorists. Within this framework, she further tackles the question: what mechanisms allow the treatment and the construction of the Hispanic migrant as terrorist? In this project, she will argue that historical precedent, social perceptions, political, economic, and profit motives create something of a feedback loop in which the concept of the migrant as terrorist is both produced and reinforced. The construction of the migrant as terrorist is not only a theoretical concept that is fed to the American public, but also a reality that migrants face. More specifically, through media and political rhetoric today, undocumented Hispanic immigrants who intend to cross, attempt to cross, or do cross the U.S.-Mexico border are not only unwelcomed but are referred to as a dangerous terrorist threat. The rhetorical construction of the undocumented Hispanic migrant as a terrorist produces material consequences for the entire Hispanic migrant population in Arizona, including severe physical and mental abuse, indefinite detention, lack of legal protections, and inappropriately harsh deportation practices.