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Pregnant on ArrivalMaking the Illegal Immigrant$
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Eithne Luibhéid

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680993

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680993.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
Pregnant on Arrival

Eithne Luibhéid

University of Minnesota Press

The Conclusion brings the book’s arguments together by reviewing how pregnancy became the basis for claiming that certain migrants were “illegal,” and then implementing laws and policies that actually made them so. It then discusses how the figure of the illegal migrant shapes the norm of the desirable migrant and the good citizen, in ways that rearticulate sexualized, gendered, racialized, classed, and geopolitical hierarchies. It suggests that the state’s framework of “national interest,” which legitimizes these policies, remains contested. Yet, questions of sexuality have rarely factored into opposition arguments or alternative visions; what would happen if we were to factor sexuality in?

Keywords:   Queer, Illegal immigration, Ethnic Studies, Transnational sexualities/feminisms, Ireland/ Irish studies, Citizenship, Asylum, Pregnant migrant

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