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Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age$
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Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevarra, and Maura Toro-Morn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037573

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037573.001.0001

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Elvira Arellano and the Struggles of Low-Wage Undocumented Latina Immigrant Women

Elvira Arellano and the Struggles of Low-Wage Undocumented Latina Immigrant Women

(p.38) 2 Elvira Arellano and the Struggles of Low-Wage Undocumented Latina Immigrant Women
Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age

Maura Toro-Morn

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the labor disruptions faced by low-wage undocumented Latina immigrant women under the current neoliberal regime by telling the story of Elvira Arellano, a Mexican immigrant who followed the migrant trail of low-wage work in the United States. On August 15, 2007, Arellano traveled to Los Angeles to attend an immigration rally; four days later, she was apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Tijuana, Mexico. Arellano's case highlights the criminalization of undocumented immigrants in the the aftermath of 9/11 that has led to a dramatic increase in the number of Latinos sentenced to prison terms in U.S. federal courts. This chapter explores how neoliberal globalization processes in both Mexico and the United States have shaped Arellano's life choices, her agency, and politicization as an undocumented immigrant woman.

Keywords:   low-wage work, Latina immigrant women, Elvira Arellano, United States, Mexico, criminalization, undocumented immigrants, neoliberal globalization, agency, labor disruptions

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