The Criminalization of Immigration: The Post 9/11 Moral Panic

The Criminalization of Immigration: The Post 9/11 Moral Panic
Samantha Hauptman
August 2013

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-616-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 164 pages

Price   $67.00

"Essential. All collections in immigration studies, criminal justice, criminology, deviance, and social control." -- Choice


After the September 11th attacks the United States government sought a response to terrorism. The ensuing “war on terror” brought sweeping new federal regulations and changes in immigration policy. Consequent changes in society’s reaction to immigration and the degree to which immigrants have become criminalized are apparent. Hauptman reveals the effects of a moral panic toward immigration after 9/11, explaining social control initiatives like the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, as a direct result of the concern over immigrants in the United States. Hauptman concludes that the response to the attacks resulted in the criminalization of immigrants in post-September 11th society.

About the Author

Samantha Hauptman is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, she worked in the South Carolina technical college system and also in administration at the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Dr. Hauptman’s research interests include criminology, social deviance, social control, and immigration.