AGAINST THE DEPORTATION TERROR: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Resurfacing at a bitter moment of renewed xenophobia, this book recounts the tale of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, which worked against what they called “the deportation terror” for much of the 21st century. These stories speak urgently to the current moment of glacial repression and resurgent organizing. The book traces:

· Advocacy for refugees in face of bans against various nationalities throughout the 20thcentury
· Repression and surveillance of foreign born activists paralleling current activities in Arab and Muslim communities and “Anti-Sanctuary” laws
· Parallels between McCarthyism and contemporary xenophobia
· The disappearance of mass media coverage of individual deportations, and their replacement by tales of “criminal aliens”
· The power of multiracial alliances against xenophobia and white supremacy