Run for the border : vice and virtue in U.S.-Mexico border crossings
KF4819 .B46 2012
- Unknown KF4819 .B46 2012
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- El fugitivo
- Gringos in paradise
- A giant sucking sound
- Margaritaville : the lure of alcohol
- Losin' it : prostitution and the child sex trade
- Going southbound : Mexican divorces and medical border runs
- Rum-running for the border
- Acapulco gold
- Coming to America
- Lessons from 150 years of border crossings
- Good neighbor immigration policy
- Reefer madness
- A framework for southbound crossings
- Laws the border leaves behind.
- Publisher's Summary
- Mexico and the United States exist in a symbiotic relationship: Mexico frequently provides the United States with cheap labour, illegal goods, and, for criminal offenders, a refuge from the law. In turn, the U.S. offers Mexican labourers the American dream: the possibility of a better livelihood through hard work. To supply each other's demands, Americans and Mexicans have to cross their shared border from both sides. Despite this relationship, U.S. immigration reform debates tend to be security-focused and centre on the idea of menacing Mexicans heading north to steal abundant American resources. Further, Congress tends to approach reform unilaterally, without engaging with Mexico or other feeder countries, and, disturbingly, without acknowledging problematic southern crossings that Americans routinely make into Mexico. In Run for the Border, Steven W. Bender offers a framework for a more comprehensive border policy through a historical analysis of border crossings, both Mexico to U.S. and U.S. to Mexico. In contrast to recent reform proposals, this book urges reform as the product of negotiation and implementation by cross-border accord; reform that honours the shared economic and cultural legacy of the U.S. and Mexico. Covering everything from the history of Anglo crossings into Mexico to escape law authorities, to vice tourism and retirement in Mexico, to today's focus on Mexican border-crossing immigrants and drug traffickers, Bender takes lessons from the past 150 years to argue for more explicit and compassionate cross-border cooperation. Steeped in several disciplines, Run for the Border is a blend of historical, cultural, and legal perspectives, as well as those from literature and cinema, that reflect Bender's cultural background and legal expertise.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Emigration and immigration law > United States.
- Mexican-American Border Region > Emigration and immigration.
- Fugitives from justice > Mexico.
- Fugitives from justice > United States.
- Emigration and immigration law > Mexico.
- Border security > Mexican-American Border Region.
- United States > Foreign relations > Mexico.
- Mexico > Foreign relations > United States.
- Publication date
- Steven W. Bender.
- Title Variation
- Vice and virtue in U.S.-Mexico border crossings
- Vice and virtue in US-Mexico border crossings
- Vice and virtue in United States-Mexico border crossings
- Citizenship and migration in the Americas