Daniel Goldstein, Rutgers University
As efforts intensify to police immigration in the name of creating national security, the workplace has been transformed into a site of immigration enforcement. “E-Verify,” a biometric system that identifies those eligible to work legally in the United States, is a biopolitical tool for “soft” immigration enforcement that works in concert with “hard” geopolitical border control to balance the competing political priorities of deporting the undocumented while maintaining a disciplined undocumented workforce in the United States. E-Verify screens out ineligible workers while neither detaining nor removing them from national space. It shapes consciousness and bodily praxis without providing the recognition that might convey rights or underwrite claims for citizenship or national belonging.
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