Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Run For the BorderVice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789520

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 09 December 2019

Coming to America

Coming to America

(p.114) 9 Coming to America
Run For the Border

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

Reviewing the history of immigration from Mexico to the United States, this chapter reveals that immigrants are lured by compelling economic opportunities and higher wages in the United States, and that no means of border enforcement ever undertaken will deter immigrants driven to improve their own lives and especially their families’ futures. Debunking myths of welfare-seeking and criminal undocumented immigrants, this chapter describes the virtue of immigrants, undocumented and documented, who have supplied vital labor in U.S. industries for decades. These labor entries include the wartime Bracero Program, and continue in the era of ramped-up U.S.-Mexico border enforcement that imperils the lives of undocumented border crossers.

Keywords:   Mexico, immigration U.S.-Mexico border, Bracero Program

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.