Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities

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Wayne A. Cornelius, Jessa M. Lewis
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2007 - Political Science - 175 pages
This important new book reveals how the stricter US border-control activities of the past decade have affected the behavior of migrants and potential migrants in rural Mexico.The authors establish direct links between changes in immigration-control policies and changes in the decision to migrate, choice of destination, mode of entry, and inclination to participate in a temporary worker program. They also point to the unintended consequences of new control measures: e.g., the increasing rate of settlement among illegal migrants, higher fees paid to professional people-smugglers, increased injury and fatality rates due to clandestine entry, and changing composition of migrant flows. Collectively, they present detailed and direct evidence of the failure of post-1993 US strategy to deter unauthorized entry across the US-Mexico border, and the reasons for this failure.Wayne A. Cornelius is Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations at the University of California, San Diego. Jessa M. Lewis a graduate of the M.A. program in Latin American Studies with Specialization in International Migration, at the University of California, San Diego. Her research has included a study of the links between migration and alternative market development in coffee-producing communities of Oaxaca and work on the private and social profitability of coffee production systems in Costa Rica?s central valley.CONTENTS: Introduction?W. A. Cornelius. Profiles of the Research Communities? Y. Barajas, J. Besada, E. Valdez-Suiter, and C. White. The Contemporary Migration Process?S. Gaytan, E. Lucio, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia. Impacts of U.S . Immigration Policies on Migration Behavior?J. Fuentes, H. L?Esperance, R. Perez, and C. White. Settlement in the United States?H. Lopez, R. Oliphant, and E. Tejeda. Gender Differences in Migration? N. Rosas-Lopez, N. Pagaza , and E. Valdez-Suiter. Generational Differences in Migration?S. Aguilar, M. Cornejo, and L. M. Henriquez. Migration and Local Development?B. Cantu, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia. Migration and Political Involvement?W. Chiu and M. Gutierrez.

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Wayne A. Cornelius is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where he also holds the Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations. He is Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at UC-San Diego. Takeyuki Tsuda is Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. James F. Hollifield is Arnold Professor of International Political Economy and Director of International Studies at Southern Methodist University. Philip Martin is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, and Chair of the University of California's 60 member Comparative Immigration and Integration Program.

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