The Rhetoric and Reality of the Border Wall during the Trump Presidency

'Donald Trump’s appeal and effectiveness, both as politician and as president, can be clearly seen through the rhetoric and reality of his infrastructure policy. The relationship among the issue of infrastructure, the debt that Trump’s politics owed to white nationalism and racism, and the powerful capacity of the federal government to detain and inflict harm on undocumented immigrants and citizens alike is crucial to apprehending the impact and consequential nature of Trump’s presidency.'

Lecture Description

This lecture examines the rhetoric surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border wall, taking Donald Trump seriously as a political actor and conveying the strategic logic that connects border security with the larger sea change in the legal mechanisms and policing capacities available to the federal government. These changes came with profound consequences, particularly for immigrants, asylum seekers, and people of color.


Borderlands Presidential

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