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The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low-Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home
This monograph argues that during the 1978-1992 period, U.S. immigration and drug enforcement policies and practices in the U.S.-Mexico border region became increasingly militarized. Tim Dunn examines these policies and practices in detail, and considers them in light of the strategy and tactics of the Pentagon doctrine of "low-intensity conflict." Developed during the 198 ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Texas Press
(first published May 1995)
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The U.S. border increasingly militarized from 1978-1992, under 3 different U.S. presidential administrations representing both "major" political parties. This militirization took place in the context of U.S. "low-intensity conflict" policies. It developed in relation to the anti-drug wars and an anti-terrorism discourse that related to U.S. intervention in Central America. Although Dunn concentrates his book on documenting the techniques and policies of this increased militarization, he is motiv ...more