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dc.contributor.advisorZamora, Emilioen
dc.creatorSolis, Gabriel Danielen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-05T15:18:04Zen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-05T15:18:10Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-05T15:18:04Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-05T15:18:10Zen
dc.date.created2011-05en
dc.date.issued2011-07-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/12009en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractRicardo Aldape Guerra was an undocumented Mexican migrant who was wrongfully convicted and given a death sentence for the murder of a white Houston police officer in 1982. In the absence of any physical evidence that implicated Aldape Guerra for the crime, Harris County prosecutors appealed to extreme anti-Mexican immigrant hostility in Houston by repeatedly emphasizing Aldape Guerra’s undocumented immigration status to the jury in order to construct him as a dangerous “illegal alien” deserving of severe punishment. This thesis situates Aldape Guerra’s encounter with the Texas legal system within related histories of social, cultural, economic, political, and legal phenomena in the United States in order to obtain a more complete understanding and to excavate critical lessons about the overall treatment of undocumented Mexican migrants in the U.S. legal system. It argues that the isolation of law from histories of racialization of Mexican migrants renders the U.S. legal system inadequate to protect undocumented Mexican migrants against racial discrimination, even in the court of law. It also argues that the U.S. legal system also cannot account for the material effects of transnational neoliberal capitalism on the cross-border movement of Mexican labor forces. This failure cultivates flawed legal reasoning in immigration jurisprudence that equates “illegality” with danger and criminality.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectLawen
dc.subjectImmigrationen
dc.subjectNeoliberalismen
dc.subjectCapitalismen
dc.subjectRaceen
dc.subjectRacismen
dc.subjectPunishmenten
dc.subjectRightsen
dc.subjectActivismen
dc.titleThe trial of Ricardo Aldape Guerraen
dc.date.updated2011-07-05T15:18:25Zen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRodriguez, Nestoren
dc.description.departmentMexican American Studiesen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentMexican American Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineMexican American Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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