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“This is an excellent book. It expands the terrain of philosophical discussions about justice and irregular migration. Reed-Sandoval shows how identities of race and class intersect with perceptions of legal status and why this matters from both philosophical and policy perspectives. More generally, the book demonstrates how much philosophical reflection can be enriched by moving beyond the clarification of principles and paying attention to what actually happens in the world.”—Joseph H. Carens, University of Toronto

“Reed-Sandoval’s book offers a new approach to understanding the situation of undocumented persons in the United States: as a form of social identity. Her analysis will undoubtedly help us move from overly abstract and decontextualized debates about immigrant rights to a more realistic discussion about real world conditions and experiences. A must-read.”— Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY

Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice explores how “being socially undocumented” in the United States constitutes having a “real” social identity, and what this means for immigration justice within the United States and on a global scale. It argues phenomenologically that people with “socially undocumented identity” are those who are (a) presumed to be undocumented on the mere basis of their appearances; and (b) subjected to oppressive immigration-related constraints on that basis. On a normative level, it argues that the fact that many people experience both (a) and (b) constitutes immigration injustice in the United States (and beyond). The book also explores moral challenges connected to pregnancy and socially undocumented identity, and it offers a new perspective on the philosophical open borders debate.

For more information, check out my interview with Sarah K. Tyson at the New Books Network about Socially Undocumented.