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Transnational Advocacy Networks of Migrants and Asylum Seekers' Human Rights: The San Diego-Tijuana Border in the Trump Era

Abstract : How do advocacy organizations from the San Diego-Tijuana area contest and resist Trump's immigration policies? What resources and tactics do they use to externalize their demands at the local and international levels? Based on semi-structured interviews with eight advocacy organizations-with a local, binational, and international presence-that have mobilized to externalize their demands on different local and international arenas, this research aims to answer these questions by applying the transnational advocacy networks literature to the mentioned case study. Our main findings show that transnational relations between advocacy organizations represent a counterbalance to Trump's immigration policies. Some organizations have adapted to react to a set of new policies implemented by the administration, and, at the same time, they have diffused information, values, and ideas as part of their resistance tactics. Through transnational advocacy networks, local organizations have accomplished international relevance, turning into key players of advocacy in the region. These networks demonstrate that, despite Trump's restricting immigration policies, transnational channels between these actors remain open for collective action.
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Philippe Stoesslé, Valeria Alejandra Patiño Díaz, Yetzi Rosales Martínez. Transnational Advocacy Networks of Migrants and Asylum Seekers' Human Rights: The San Diego-Tijuana Border in the Trump Era. Social Sciences, MDPI, 2020, ⟨10.3390/socsci9080144⟩. ⟨hal-02915394⟩

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