Unauthorized Love: Mixed-Citizenship Couples Negotiating Intimacy, Immigration, and the State
WHEN Thursday | 13 Jan, 12:00 PM
WHERE 238 HRCB
The U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed the universal civil right to marry, guaranteeing every couple’s ability to wed, but the Supreme Court has denied that this right to marriage includes married couples’ right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on U.S. soil, creating a challenge for mixed-citizenship couples whose individual-level rights do not translate to family-level protections.
In this talk, Jane Lilly López, Assistant Professor of Sociology at BYU, will offer a critical look at U.S. family reunification law and its consequences as experienced by 56 mixed-citizenship American couples. These couples’ stories—of integration and alienation, of opportunity and inequality, of hope and despair—make tangible the consequences of current U.S. immigration laws that tend to favor Whiteness, wealth, and heteronormativity, as well as the individual rather than the family unit, in awarding membership and official belonging.