In 2019, a White Nationalist shooting occurred in El Paso in the wake of Trump’s administration’s efforts to dramatically curtail immigration, asylum-seeking, and other kinds of border crossing. The essay draws on the reflexive anthropology of Renato Rosaldo and related bodies of theory to examine the shooting. Its linkages to US border and immigration policy, including family separation, crystallize both how unsettling mass movements of people evident at borders may be and the significance of extremist, if not settler, violence to contemporary liberal societies.
- Program in Latin American Studies
- Effron Center for the Study of America