“Socially, Not (Necessarily) Legally, Undocumented” by Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
In this paper, I argue that there is a distinct social group called the “socially undocumented,” which is distinguishable—at least in certain respects—from the social group of legally undocumented people. Furthermore, I argue that the socially undocumented are an oppressed social group. They are those who are presumed to be undocumented on the mere basis of their appearance, which often entails being taken to “look like” someone who is Mexico and working class, and subjected to demeaning immigration-related constraints on that basis. Finally, I argue that being oppressed as a socially undocumented person entails being subjected to injustice in the realm of immigration.