Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the untold history of the United States Border Patrol from its beginnings in 1924 as a small peripheral outfit to its emergence as a large professional police force. To tell this story, Kelly Lytle Hernández dug through a gold mine of lost and unseen records stored in garages, closets, an abandoned factory, and in U.S. and Mexican archives. Focusing on the daily challenges of policing the borderlands and bringing to light unexpected partners and forgotten dynamics, she reveals how the U.S. Border Patrol translated the mandate for comprehensive migration control into a project of policing Mexicans in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

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Editorial Reviews

Tucson Weekly

“If you had to choose one book as a starting place for an intelligent discussion about immigration issues, you would do well to begin with Migra! by UCLA assistant professor of history Kelly Lytle Hernandez. [It] is surprisingly complex and nuanced.”
Law & History Review

“A Useful resource for any scholar seeking to understand the complex dynamics of race, migration, and law in the twentieth century.”
New York Journal Of Books - Geri Spieler

“Hernandez offers well-documented accounts and analysis that bring considerable value to obtaining a resolution to the problem.”
Journal Of American History - Eric Vaughn Meeks

“Migra! stands as a major contribution, successfully revising our understanding of border policing.”
Historian

“An interesting and valuable book.”
Hispanic Amer Historical Review

“A thorough and substantive study of the United States Border Patrol, or la migra in colloquial Spanish.”
American Book Review

“Migra! is undoubtedly a valuable book, especially as a storehouse of information and as an introduction to a new, international perspective on American immigration. Sections of it will undoubtedly become the foundations of research that will continue to broader our understanding many years into the future.”
The Historian

“A meticulously researched. interesting, and enjoyable book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520266414
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Series: American Crossroads Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 454,761
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Kelly Lytle Hernández is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Associate Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Map of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region xvi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Formation 17

1 The Early Years 19

2 A Sanctuary of Violence 45

3 The California-Arizona Borderlands 70

4 Mexico's Labor Emigrants, America's Illegal Immigrants 83

Part 2 Transformation 101

5 A New Beginning 103

6 The Corridors of Migration Control 125

7 Uprising: A Farmers' Rebellion 151

Part 3 Operation Wetback and Beyond 169

8 The Triumphs of '54 171

9 “The Day of the Wetback Is Over” 196

Epilogue 218

Notes 235

Selected Bibliography 285

Index 299

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