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When I began my career as an immigration officer in El Paso (1972), I was shown the records of Mexicans who departed during the Great Depression and registered with immigration before returning to Mexico. This book explains in detail what I learned as an immigration officer, and much more. It is a great source of information and the research is excellent. Ten years later I was the INS Port Director in Laredo, Texas and was an official custodian of records relating to departing Mexicans. Again, the records I reviewed told stories identical to what this book documents. American born children of Mexican parents later returned to the United States. The records at the border were used to prove American citizenship for these children. I often wondered what the whole story was. This book fills that need. I highly recommend it. Many of the problems mentioned are similar to today's problems.