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TORRE CANTALAPIEDRA, Eduardo. The Strategy of Attrition through Enforcement: Anti-Immigrant Policies in Arizona and Their Effects on Mexican Families. Norteamérica [online]. 2018, vol.13, n.1, pp.169-192. ISSN 2448-7228.

The aim of this article is to analyze the restrictive and persecutory policies of the state of Arizona and Maricopa County between 2005 and 2013, as well as their effects on Mexican families residing in the state. The author argues that these policies have put into practice the attrition-through-enforcement strategy (ATE). Based on document review and interviews carried out in Phoenix, Arizona, he analyzes three types of policies: 1) exclusion from benefits and public services; 2) restricted access to certain labor market niches; and 3) sanctioning, criminalizing, and promoting deportation.

Keywords : state immigration policies; international migration; immigration federalism; attrition through enforcement; Mexican families; Arizona.

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