Written Reflection: In the ethnographic book Whose Child Am

Written Reflection: In the ethnographic book Whose Child Am I?: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody by Susan Terrio (2015), we learn about the experiences of youth who are detained trying to enter the U.S.-Mexico national border. For this journal entry, answer the following: Define – the following terms: the American Dream, undocumented, unaccompanied minor, immigration. (1/4 point each, 1 point total) Describe – examples of two youth from the book that are undocumented and unaccompanied. (1 point each, 2 points total) Analyze – three of the following questions: (1 point each, 3 points total) 1. What are some of the complexities of this border region as an ethnographic setting as compared to other research contexts we have examined thus far in class? 2. What do the youth experiences while crossing the U.S./Mexico border reveal about U.S. international relations in relation to U.S. domestic immigration policies? 3. How might the ethnography have been different if it was exclusively focused on adults and not youth? 4. In what ways does the close attention to the bureaucracy of immigration management in the U.S. relate to the mixed status family from the ethnographic film Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey (2015)? 5. Finally, if you could wave your magic wand, what might be some changes (if any) in public policy that you think could improve our present immigration system?

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