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Croft Institute for International Studies
This study addresses the hemispheric politics of migration through the cases of the United States and Ecuador. It first reviews the scholarly literature regarding globalization and the politics of migration in the United States and Ecuador. Next, it analyzes the politics of migration of the Trump and Biden administrations in the United States and their local impacts. The subsequent chapter analyzes the impacts of the Moreno and Lasso administrations in Ecuador. The central argument of this thesis is based on criminalization rhetoric, arguing that criminal securitization discourses have become vital to how center and peripheral countries in the Americas are responding to migrant flows. Administrations use fear, resentment, and hatred of migrants for political gain and to more closely regulate migrants’ lives or removal from the country.
Williamson, Hayden, "The Politics of Migration in América: A Comparative Analysis of Federal Immigration Policy AND Local Impacts in the United States and Ecuador" (2022). Honors Theses. 2694.
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