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Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration
Migration between Mexico and the United States is part of a historical process of increasing North American integration. This process acquired new momentum with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, which lowered barriers to the movement of goods, capital, services, and information. But rather than include labor in this new regime, the United Stat ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 11th 2003 by Russell Sage Foundation Publications
(first published March 2002)
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This book is very clear and well-written, and if you are into this sort of thing, I think it is a very good book. Saying that, I didn't like it because I'm not interested in Immigration. It was interesting, though. I'm surprised at how badly America managed to screw up the natural flow of immigration patterns. Because of reading this book, I am convinced that we need to reform our immigration policies, because the way we are doing it now is ludicrous.
A great introduction to the history and problems with US immigration policy and Mexican migration. The authors have a unique sample-probably the best example to answer the questions they ask- though it's beset with a few problems of representation and size. Still a compelling argument rich with detail.
Apr 27, 2012 Marv Gunning rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marv by: for a class
Since the first day the United States formed, illegal immigration was pretty much ignored and in a lot of cases encouraged and tolerated by the public, business and government. This book asserts the present perceived border crisis and invasion panic is a manufactured political device.