Week 3

border and rule

Key Questions

  • How have borders in the United States formed? In what ways has this border formation been connected to settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, and racism?

  • How has the creation of the United States’ contemporary border regime been imbricated with the simultaneous development of the prison industrial complex? What does this reveal about the link between migrant justice and anti-carceral movements?

  • How does the criminalization of migration facilitate capital accumulation? How can the relationship between borders and capitalism explain racist nationalism?

Required Materials

Supplementary Materials


Using information from this week and previous weeks, create a timeline of immigration policy. What events should be included on this timeline? Should it only be immigration-specific policy, or should it be more expansive and inclusive of the ways mobility has been restricted throughout the United States' history?