- 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
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.
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