Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Borderby Peter Laufer
Pub. Date: 09/25/2006
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Journalist Laufer lays out the case for opening the U.S.-Mexican border to the free passage of Mexicans who wish to come North. He makes the case on human, political, and legal terms, frequently referencing the personal stories of those affected by current failed border policies in order to illustrate the problems caused by not doing so. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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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. 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.
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.