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Caging Borders and Carceral StatesIncarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance$
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Robert T. Chase

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651231

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651231.001.0001

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Scorpion’s Tale

Scorpion’s Tale

A Borderlands History of Mexican Imprisonment in the Sunbelt

(p.125) Scorpion’s Tale
Caging Borders and Carceral States

Kelly Lytle Hernández

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter offers a transnational and borderlands framework to reveal how the U.S. and Mexican governments conspired together to use the jail system to quell Mexico’s political revolution. The chapter chronicles the story of Ricardo Magonista’s incarceration in the U.S. from 1907 to 1910 and the ways in which the Mexican and U.S. governments had a shared interest in Magonista’s prolonged incarceration. The chapter takes up a transnational approach to incarceration that demonstrates the ways in which opposing states hoped to silence political radicals through criminalization across national borders. Yet even as states collaborated across borders to use jails and prisons as a place to silence dissent, this chapter reveals how incarceration had the ironic effect of creating new opportunities to orchestrate political and military assaults against the Porfirio Díaz regime. The chapter concludes that the U.S. jailing of Magonistas failed to silence them as they fanned the flames of revolution from jail cells.

Keywords:   jail system, Mexico, political revolution, Porfirio Díaz, Ricardo Magonista, incarceration, transnational, criminalization, dissent, revolution

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