This chapter serves as a prelude to discussions of today’s economic motivations for northbound border crossings involving the delivery of illicit drugs and cheap labor to feed U.S. addictions to both. In similar fashion, Prohibition-era rumrunners funneled liquor across the U.S.-Mexico border to U.S. destinations, earning enormous profits and demonstrating the futility of supply-side enforcement against economically motivated crossings. Only the legalization of alcohol in the U.S. stymied liquor trafficking from Mexico into the United States.
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