Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the "illegal Alien" and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 286 pages
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By 1994 American anti-immigration rhetoric had reached a fevered pitch, and throngs of migrants entered the U.S. nightly. In response, the INS launched "Operation Gatekeeper," the centerpiece of the Clinton administration's unprecedented effort to "regain control" of our borders. In Operation Gatekeeper, Joseph Nevins details the administration's dramatic overhaul of the San Diego-Tijauna border-the busiest land crossing in the world-adding miles of new fence and hundreds of trained agents.
 

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In October 1994, the Immigration and Naturalization Service began Operation Gatekeeper. Its goal was to reduce the movement of Mexicans across the U.S. border between San Diego and Tijuana. Nevins ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Creation of the USMexico Boundary and the Remaking of the United States and Mexico in the Border Region
12
3 Local Context and the Creation of Difference in the Border Region
32
4 The Bounding of the United States and the Emergence of Operation Gatekeeper
50
The Other as Threat and the Rise of The Boundary as the Symbol of Protection
78
6 The Effects and Significance of the Bounding of the United States
102
7 Nationalism the Territorial State and the Construction of BoundaryRelated Identities
125
Searching for Security in an Age of Intensifying Globalization
137
Appendix C
159
Appendix D
160
Appendix E
161
Appendix F
164
Appendix F
166
Appendix G
168
Notes
169
Bibliography
221

Appendix A
157
Appendix B
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Joseph Nevins is an accomplished journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. He currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Mike Davis is a contributing editor to The Nation and Professor of History at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author of four books, including Magical Urbanism and City of Quartz.

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