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Trend toward mass deportation of immigrants from U.S. to be topic of Feb. 6 Matthew Freeman lecture

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Tanya Golash Boza
Tanya Golash Boza

Increasing deportation of largely male black and Latino immigrants from the United States will be the topic of Roosevelt University’s annual Matthew Freeman lecture by author Tanya Golash-Boza at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

A noted scholar and prolific writer, Golash-Boza most recently published Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism. The book explores reasons behind rapidly rising U.S. deportation rates of noncitizens - 4 million since 1997, and twice as many people as were deported from the country prior to 1996.

Citing statistics showing 97 percent of deportees are sent to Latin America or the Caribbean, and that 88 percent are men, including many who had been detained through the U.S. criminal justice system, Golash-Boza argues economic restructuring, neoliberal reforms and disproportionate criminalization of blacks and Latinos are to blame.

“We are proud to have Tanya Golash-Boza as this year’s Matthew Freeman lecturer,” said Heather Dalmage, director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation. “We expect a lively discussion about a troubling trend that we anticipate will only get worse with the new incoming administration in Washington, D.C.”

.A professor of sociology at the University of California at Merced, Golash-Boza has written extensively on race and immigration issues including Deported in 2015, Due Process Denied and Immigration Nation in 2012, Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru in 2011, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach in 2015. Her blog, “Get a Life, PhD,” has more than 2 million page views and her op-eds and essays have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, Racialicious, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education and Dissident Voice.

Prior to the lecture, Roosevelt students selected to receive this year’s prestigious Matthew Freeman social justice award will be announced.  For more information, contact Healther Dalmage at 312-341-3692 or

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