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Run For the BorderVice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings$
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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

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Coming to America

Coming to America

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

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.003.0010

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

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