- Title Pages
- Part I Running for the Border to Escape Justice
- 1 El Fugitivo
- Part II Economic Motivations for Southbound Border Runs
- 2 Gringos in Paradise
- 3 A Giant Sucking Sound
- Part III Illicit Motivations for Southbound Border Runs
- 4 Margaritaville
- 5 Losin’ It
- 6 Going Southbound
- Part IV Economic Motivations for Northbound Border Runs
- 7 Rum-Running for the Border
- 8 Acapulco Gold
- 9 Coming to America
- Part V A Framework for Comprehensive Border Reform
- 10 Lessons from 150 Years of Border Crossings
- 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy
- 12 Reefer Madness
- 13 A Framework for Southbound Crossings
- 14 Laws the Border Leaves Behind
- About the Author
Mexican Divorces and Medical Border Runs
- (p.79) 6 Going Southbound
- Run For the Border
Steven W. Bender
- NYU Press
Completing the discussion of illicit and law-bending motivations for U.S. resident “runs for the border,” this chapter discusses a variety of additional lures in the history of southbound border crossings that stem from differences in the laws of the United States and Mexico. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, the ready availability of no-fault divorces in Mexico, in contrast to strict standards then prevailing in many U.S. jurisdictions, drew spouses across the U.S.-Mexico border to obtain a quickie Mexican divorce. Border runs also sought relatively cheap or experimental pharmaceuticals from Mexican dealers, and low-cost and non-traditional medical procedures.
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