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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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(p.158) 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy

(p.158) 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy

(p.158) 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy
Run For the Border

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

This chapter tackles the dominant border issue today, undocumented immigration, and proposes a compassionate legalization protocol supplemented by an economic stimulus to Mexico. Arguing for a return to the U.S. pre-1965 good neighbor immigration policy with no fixed limits on Western Hemisphere immigration, this chapter recognizes that Mexico’s history is interwoven with the United States’ and suggests how working toward an economically viable Mexico and developing a compassionate immigration policy that recognizes the contributions and virtue of Mexican immigrants can go hand in hand. If we embrace our Mexican immigrant entrants, we might finally acknowledge that their virtuous dream of economic survival resonates with our own vision of the American dream.

Keywords:   Mexico, undocumented immigration, immigration policy

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