Impact of the Iraq Security State on the Latino Community
Americans seem to fear Latinos (both immigrants and residents) almost as much as they fear terrorists. Latinos, in fact, are also subjected, like terrorists, to an increasingly militarized government treatment as well as to sophisticated electronic surveillance, deadly attacks, and unlawful detainment practices. The reasons for this similarity are not accidental and, in fact, the two are deeply connected. First, the employment of a more militarized approach to handling Southern U.S. border security as well as to Latino community policing is, in part, a direct result of the economic opportunism of military contractors who see these areas as a profitable replacement for the end of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Second, and more importantly, Latino migration represents a level of threat to the sovereignty of the U.S. state that is in many ways similar to that posed by the transnational network of terrorists. As a consequence, the U.S. state has responded to this perceived threat with pre-emptive and aggressive practices that have often violated constitutional principles and placed the Latino community at great risk.