This article examines undocumented people’s everyday lived experience in
the United States where their legal status is criminalized. It asks how they live with constant
threat and surveillance. It highlights their strategies of invisibility as well as their
generous contributions to their communities. It argues that these acts of “community
caretaking” are acts of “hospitality” that demonstrate their “good citizenship.” Every
time undocumented people conduct “know your rights” workshops, they model citizenship
in action. The article also explores the other side of the daily equation to stay
safe and spotlights undocumented people’s encounters with law enforcement agents.
Agents do not act in lockstep, but rather make decisions in split seconds that can
change undocumented people’s lives forever. Drawing from ethnographic field research
in migrant communities inside the “100-mile border zone” as well as deep in the US
interior, the article argues that “border policing” happens far from the border.
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