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Run for the Border : Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings / Steven W. Bender.

Author/Creator:
Bender, Steven author., Author,
Publication:
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2012]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Series:
Citizenship and Migration in the Americas ; 10
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Border security -- Mexican-American Border Region.
Emigration and immigration law -- Mexico.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States.
Fugitives from justice -- Mexico.
Fugitives from justice -- United States.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Mexico and the United States exist in a symbiotic relationship: Mexico frequently provides the United States with cheap labor, illegal goods, and, for criminal offenders, a refuge from the law. In turn, the U.S. offers Mexican laborers 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 center 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 honors 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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. El Fugitivo
2. Gringos in Paradise
3. A Giant Sucking Sound
4. Margaritaville The Lure of Alcohol
5. Losin' It Prostitution and the Child Sex Trade
6. Going Southbound Mexican Divorces and Medical Border Runs
7. Rum-Running for the Border
8. Acapulco Gold
9. Coming to America
10. Lessons from 150 Years of Border Crossings
11. Good Neighbor Immigration Policy
12. Reefer Madness
13. A Framework for Southbound Crossings
14. Laws the Border Leaves Behind
Conclusion
Notes
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jun 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780814789537
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9780814789537 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.