The Utopian/Dystopian American Dream: Immigration and Labor in Latina/o Science FictionMain MenuThe Utopian/Dystopian American Dream: Immigration and Labor in Latina/o Science FictionA digital companion by Jeanelle D. HorcasitasWhat is the American Dream?Utopian and Dystopian EntanglementsCritical Dystopias and Future-HistoriesHistories of DystopiaUtopian Dreams Fulfilled by Enclosure & RemovalThe ReservationsSleep Dealer FactoriesLabor Practices in DystopiaWorking on el traqueDemystifying "The Supply"The Dangers of Being a Non-CitizenErasure of Historical and Cultural MemoriesGetting ConnectedMoving Toward a Critical DystopiaReclaiming a History Threatened by ErasureA Future with a PastWriting Ourselves Into the FutureJeanelle D. Horcasitasece5ecc19b7350e99e5e88a083713bd56ddb89bf
Inspections at the U.S.-Mexico Border
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