Jennifer G. Correa
In July 2013, Dr. Jennifer G. Correa, Assistant Professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, published an article in the academic journal Cultural Dynamics entitled 'After 9/11 everything changed': Re-formations of State Violence in Everyday Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border. The article examines how the War on Terror repositioned "Arab-Middle-Eastern-Muslims" as threats to national security, and later broadened its scope to include immigrants crossing the U.S. ? Mexico border. This discursive shift propelled the passage of the Secure Fence Act (SFA) of 2006 (an 850 mi. barrier between U.S. and Mexico) to curtail unauthorized immigration and international terrorism. Drawing from twenty ethnographic interviews, the study focuses on the effects of militarization on Cameron County, Texas residents living in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley, as they contend with an assemblage of security apparatuses in their communities.