Massachusetts Historical Society


Deported Americans: US Citizens & the Expanding Global Deportation Regime during the Interwar Era


Author: Emily Pope-Obeda, Lehigh University

Comment: Kunal Parker, University of Miami School of Law

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This paper explores the deportation of American citizens to the United States during the interwar period and argues the need for a more multi-directional approach to understanding immigrant removal. Although the numbers of deported Americans remained relatively small, their expulsions involved complex international negotiations and speak to the importance of reckoning with the transnational dimensions of the developing global deportation regime. Using diplomatic and consular documents, Immigration Service files, and press coverage, this paper demonstrates that Americans were regularly expelled from other nations for a range of reasons, including criminal acts, poverty and institutionalization, and immigration violations.

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