Volume 32
Issue 2
Winter '18

Fear and Loathing in the Present Political Context: The Incubus of Securitizing Immigration

Written By: Marvin L. Astrada

Abstract

The relationship between security, law, and public policy, generally speaking, can be described as contentious in a political system wherein three co- equal, independent branches operate in a systemic context defined by separation of powers and checks and balances. How each branch interprets security, in light of law and public policy, has a profound effect on the content and character of American national identity. During the campaign and since taking office, then-candidate and now President Trump clearly espoused an emphasis on expansive security measures to “Make America Great Again.”

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