Boogaard, M.P. van den
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With the implementation and management of the ‘nerco’-political border enforcement strategy, a large number of undocumented migrants have died along the US-Mexico Border, wishing to cross into the United States. This strategy, designed by the socio-political elites (Newman 2006), is intended to force migrants into the remote and dangerous areas. This is supposed to stop the influx of undocumented migrants by being an effective deterrent. However, the deaths are still continuing. In our thesis, we focus on the border narratives (Newman 2006) of four different actors in Tucson, Arizona: U.S. Border Patrol, Civil Border Patrol, Migrant Rights Advocates, and Immigration Lawyers contributing to a controversial federal court procedure for undocumented migrants, called Operation Streamline. By doing so, we will reveal the complexity of the US-Migration issue along the border and provide an answer to our central question: How do understandings of undocumented migration and undocumented migrants in Tucson, Arizona, shape notions of the social-political agency of these migrants?