This paper investigates processes of racialization taking place in the contemporary US immigration regime. I develop a Foucaultian framework to understand how diverse local tactics result in the construction of race. In particular, I suggest that this regime is better understood as a punitive system. I illustrate how this intervention produces both a deserving group that can claim whiteness and a threatening racialized group of immigrants/Latino/as. To illustrate my argument, I analyze immigration legislation passed over the last two decades and I identify the multiple and specific local tactics that support this regime of domination. Finally, I use the example of the failed 2011 DREAM Act to analyze the multiple ‘immigrant subjects’ that interventions produce.