First edition. - Austin : University of Texas Press, 2018.
Book — xii, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Chapter 1. "Where Uncle Sam Meets Mexico": Narratives of Frontier and Progress in Early Twentieth-Century South Texas
Chapter 2. The Social Space of Agriculture
Chapter 3. The Flexible Border: Mobility within Restriction in US Immigration Laws and Enforcement
Chapter 4. Exploitative Villain or Community Leader? Agricultural Labor Contractors, the State, and Control over Worker Mobility
Chapter 5. El Paso/The Passage: The 1948 El Paso Incident and the Politics of Mobility
Chapter 6. The High Price of Immigration Politics during the 1950s Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Needed at one moment, scorned at others, Mexican agricultural workers have moved back and forth across the US-Mexico border for the past century. In South Texas, Anglo growers' dreams of creating a modern agricultural empire depended on continuous access to Mexican workers. While this access was officially regulated by immigration laws and policy promulgated in Washington, DC, in practice the migration of Mexican labor involved daily, on-the-ground negotiations among growers, workers, and the US Border Patrol. In a very real sense, these groups set the parameters of border enforcement policy. Managed Migrations examines the relationship between immigration laws and policy and the agricultural labor relations of growers and workers in South Texas and El Paso during the 1940s and 1950s. Cristina Salinas argues that immigration law was mainly enacted not in embassies or the halls of Congress but on the ground, as a result of daily decisions by the Border Patrol that growers and workers negotiated and contested. She describes how the INS devised techniques to facilitate high-volume yearly deportations and shows how the agency used these enforcement practices to manage the seasonal agricultural labor migration across the border. Her pioneering research reveals the great extent to which immigration policy was made at the local level, as well as the agency of Mexican farmworkers who managed to maintain their mobility and kinship networks despite the constraints of grower paternalism and enforcement actions by the Border Patrol. (source: Nielsen Book Data)