Thousands of migrant children were detained at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors, a detention camp just south of Miami, Florida. While in operation between 2016 and 2019, the camp in Homestead was the largest facility for detained migrant children in the United States. Like many other sites of incarceration, the camp was built on former military land contaminated with toxic waste. This talk asks how race and debility are produced through detention, injurious environmental exposures, and modes of humanitarian care. In investigating the conditions of possibility for the detention camp, it approaches the camp in relationship to other suburban economies, including war-making and care for soldiers on the adjacent military base and the federal and local policing and surveillance of adult migrants. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with social workers, security guards, and environmental experts, and historical research in military and municipal archives, this talk highlights the camp as a part of the spatial and chemical order of the suburb.
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