In the ‘camouflaged politics’ of the war on terror where immigration controls and border checks are seen as protecting the nation, such measures hide from view the fact that border controls are largely ideological. As processes of displacement have only increased post-9/11, the lives of migrants moving away from war zones, poverty, dispossession and displacement and towards their hopes for new homes and livelihoods, have been made more vulnerable to every sort of abuse in the nationalized spaces they move to. Their border crossings are now more fraught with danger. Named as potential terrorists if they fit a certain racialized profile, their experiences of homelessness are more profound. Is there less terror in the world as a result of these border panics? Hardly.
— Nandita Sharma, “White Nationalism, Illegality and Imperialism: Border Controls as Ideology” ((En)Gendering the War on Terror, 2006)