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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.79) 6 Going Southbound

(p.79) 6 Going Southbound

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.

Keywords:   Mexico, U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican divorce

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