The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars

The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars

Drugs, Immigration, and Homeland Security

Book - 2016
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ABC-CLIO

This book addresses the three central issues that continue to dominate the U.S.-Mexico relationship today: drugs, immigration, and security. Nowhere is this more palpable than at the 2,000-mile border shared by the two countries.


• Provides a historical perspective that is necessary to understand today's border conflicts

• Includes new coverage of weapons trafficking, human trafficking, the diversified activities of organized crime, the role of drug consumption in America, the decay of the border infrastructure, the militarization of the border, and the effects of Arizona's immigration policy changes

• Challenges current views about the border as unsafe, unstable, crime-riddled, and a burden on the nation

• Portrays the border as a place of hope in need of better management rather than reinforcement of the security regime that has prevailed in the last decades

• Includes a chapter on the Peña government and its effect on the binational relationship, the war on the Cartels, and escalation of violence

• Draws on the author's current research and interviews with new government actors

• Offers penetrating analysis and sound policy recommendations, particularly on how to achieve a truly binational border management system

• Features a new final chapter that projects the future of the border over the next 25 years


This book addresses the three central issues that continue to dominate the U.S.-Mexico relationship today: drugs, immigration, and security. Nowhere is this more palpable than at the 2,000-mile border shared by the two countries.



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This report is accessible to students and researchers. It considers three major issues surrounding the US-Mexico border crisis: drugs, immigration, and homeland security. After a historical survey revealing the origins of the controversy, contemporary issues are discussed. The book draws on the author’s own interviews with agents of the US Border Patrol and the US Customs and Border Protection, as well as interviews with those living along the 2,000 mile border. The author argues that the border is dysfunctional and poorly managed. The first edition was published in 2006. This second edition contains new material on weapons trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime, drug consumption in the US, militarization of the border, and the impact of changes in Arizona’s immigration policy. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Santa Barbara, California :, Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC,, [2016]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781440835414
1440835411
9781440835421
Characteristics: xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Staudt, Kathleen A.

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