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

border-enforcement(distributed by Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Co-edited by Wayne A. Cornelius and Jessa M. Lewis.
Copyright 2007, 185 pages, paperback

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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, such as 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.


“Provides crucial data to inform current immigration debates.”—Josiah McC. Heyman, Contemporary Sociology

“Provides valuable insight into reasons for the U.S. policy failure…. For those with an interest in Mexican immigration, this book is essential and highly recommended.”—James C. Harrison, Multicultural Review

“An up-to-date, expertly researched close study, and an absolute ‘must read’ for any policymaker or governmental figure dealing with this tangled and difficult issue.”—Midwest Book Review


Introduction: Does Border Enforcement Deter Unauthorized Immigration? —W.A. Cornelius.

Profiles of the Research Community—Y. Barajas, J. Besada, E. Valdez-Suiter, and C. White.

The Contemporary Migration Process—S. Gaytán, E. Lucio, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia.

Impacts of U.S. Immigration Policies on Migration Behavior—J. Fuentes, H. L’Esperance, R. Pérez, and C. White.

U.S. Settlement Behavior and Labor Market Participation—H. López, R. Oliphant, and E. Tejeda.

Gender Differences—E. Valdez-Suiter, N. Rosas-López, and N. Pagaza.

Migration and Generational Cohorts—L.M. Henríquez, M. Cornejo, and S. Aguilar.

Migration and Local Development—B. Cantú, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia.

Migration and Political Involvement—W. Chiu and M.R. Gutiérrez.