“Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement,” written by Amada Armenta, assistant professor of urban planning in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has received two awards from the American Sociological Association.

Armenta’s book explains how local police and jail employees in Nashville, Tennessee, were pulled into a federal deportation system that removed nearly 10,000 immigrants in five years, many for minor violations. The book explains how local politics, state laws, institutional policies and police practices work together to deliver immigrants into an expanding federal deportation system, conveying powerful messages about race, citizenship and belonging.

Armenta accepted the Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section and the Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award from the Latina/o Sociology Section at the association’s annual meeting in New York, which was held Aug. 10-13. At the conference, Armenta presented research from her ongoing project on unauthorized immigrants in Philadelphia.