This paper examines how the concept of economic efficiency is utilized by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through three frameworks, to excuse human rights violations in the name of a productive and efficient deportation process. The first framework used is a discussion of how economic efficiency is positively coded and used in everyday life and as a means for state control. Efficiency and state control inform my second and third analyses of how the combination of ICE with local police forces and unconventional means of detainment aligns with a capitalist mentality that perpetuates a free market profit maximization while sacrificing human rights and safety. The conclusion of this paper states that the danger of an efficient deportation regime perpetuates ideas of detainment and deportation existing within a strict binary, and one that fails to recognize the increasingly privatized and violent process immigrants are subject to. By abolishing ICE and conceptions of human worth contingent on citizenship status, we can begin to remedy a system that solely functions for state control and profit.
"ICE and the Unquestioned Human Cost of Efficiency: A Moral Reckoning,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 8
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol8/iss1/7
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