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Posted March 5, 2013
Peter Laufer's WETBACK NATION: The Case for Opening the Mexican-
Peter Laufer's WETBACK NATION: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border is a good but flawed book which many times reads like a travel book and unnecessarily stretches from Tijuana, Mexico all the way to Cairo . . . Egypt! It contains solid information, but then it fails to follow through on this information and one is left wanting more. For example, a sociologist and an economist (David Coffey of the University of Kentucky and James Smith of the RAND Corp.) point out studies they undertook which demolish the Nativist paranoia, but then the author fails to include where to find said studies--and that is crucial in order to offer rebuttals.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book contains comments from people who actually come in contact with the undocumented. Among those included here are quotes from nativist militia types like Arizona's Simcox in all their absurdity and paranoia.
Posted November 27, 2006
A hodgepodge of stories
This book is completely disappointing (and I am only one fourth of the way through). I expected an intelligent insight into why the Mexico/US border should be open, instead what I have read so far is, it's not fair since we have an open border with Canada and all the Mexicans will just go back home after coming to the US. Far be it from me to say, but I think the issue might be a little more complex than that. Also, on the chapter titled What is a Border?, it talks about being in bed with someone and they take all the covers or you stay on your side and they stay on their side, c'mon, I am not reading a high school essay! Can we get a little more grown up in our explanation of the topic of land borders.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.