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Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the "Illegal Alien" and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

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By 1994 American anti-immigration rhetoric had reached a fevered pitch, and throngs of migrants entered the U.S. nightly. In response, the INS launched "Operation Gatekeeper," the centerpiece of the Clinton administration's unprecedented effort to "regain control" of our borders. In Operation Gatekeeper, Joseph Nevins details the administration's dramatic overhaul of the S ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published November 21st 2001 by Routledge
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Jose Palafox
Sep 18, 2009 Jose Palafox rated it really liked it
This book discusses the origins and significance of Operation Gatekeeper—an intensified policing strategy of the then-U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) along the U.S.-Mexico boundary in southern California. Gatekeeper was the centerpiece of the Clinton Administration’s efforts to increase the effectiveness of the U.S.-Mexico boundary enforcement. It emerged in 1994 in an environment of significantly heightened public and official concerns about a perceived immigration and boundar ...more
Lisa
Mar 12, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok
Nevins has written an important text on the U.S./Mexico border/boundary but his writing is dry and he is sorely lacking an analysis of gender that is so essential in fully understanding the situation.
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