THURSDAY, MAY 23 AT 7PM
DEPORTED AMERICANS: LIFE AFTER DEPORTATION TO MEXICO
BY BETH CALDWELL
in conversation with INGRID EAGLY
When Gina was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, in 2011, she left behind her parents, siblings, and children, all of whom are U.S. citizens. Despite having once had a green card, Gina was removed from the only country she had ever known.
In Deported Americans legal scholar and former public defender Beth C. Caldwell tells Gina's story alongside those of dozens of other Dreamers, who are among the hundreds of thousands who have been deported to Mexico in recent years. Many of them had lawful status, held green cards, or served in the U.S. military.
Now, they have been banished, many with no hope of lawfully returning. Having interviewed over one hundred deportees and their families, Caldwell traces deportation's long-term consequences—such as depression, drug use, and homelessness—on both sides of the border. Showing how U.S. deportation law systematically fails to protect the rights of immigrants and their families, Caldwell challenges traditional notions of what it means to be an American and recommends legislative and judicial reforms to mitigate the injustices suffered by the millions of U.S. citizens affected by deportation.
A former public defender, Beth Caldwell is now a professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the areas of criminal justice and immigration law. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, she also holds a Master of Social Welfare from UCLA. Caldwell has been recognized with numerous fellowships and awards, including a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Fellowship.
Ingrid Eagly, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, is an expert in immigration law and also criminal law and evidence. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Eagly served as a trial attorney for the federal public defender’s office in Los Angeles. Eagly’s research interests focus on the intersection between immigration law and criminal justice.
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