Operation Gatekeeper

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By 1994 American anti-immigration rhetoric had reached a fevered pitch, and throngs of migrants entered the U.S. nightly. In response, the INS launched "Operation Gatekeeper," the centerpiece of the Clinton administration's unprecedented effort to "regain control" of our borders. In Operation Gatekeeper, Joseph Nevins details the administration's dramatic overhaul of the San Diego-Tijauna border-the busiest land crossing in the world-adding miles of new fence and hundreds of trained agents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415931045
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Nevins is an accomplished journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. He currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Mike Davis is a contributing editor to The Nation and Professor of History at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author of four books, including Magical Urbanism and City of Quartz.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Creation of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary and the Remaking of the United States and Mexico in the Border Region 15
3 Local Context and the Creation of Difference in the Border Region 39
4 The Bounding of the United States and the Emergence of Operation Gatekeeper 61
5 The Ideological Roots of the "Illegal": The "Other" as Threat and the Rise of the Boundary as the Symbol of Protection 95
6 The Effects and Significance of the Bounding of the United States 123
7 Nationalism, the Territorial State, and the Construction of Boundary-Related Identities 151
8 Conclusion: Searching for Security in an Age of Intensifying Globalization 165
App. A Map: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in Southern California 189
App. B Map: Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands 190
App. C Map: The Territorial Expansion of the United States 191
App. D Map: The Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary 192
App. E Chronology of Selected U.S. Immigration- and Boundary-Related Legislation and Developments 193
App. F Number of Border Patrol Agents Nationally, Fiscal Years 1925-2000 Change in Number of Border Patrol Agents Nationally, Fiscal Years 1925-2000 197
App. G Cover from December 1974 Issue of The American Legion Magazine 198
Notes 199
Bibliography 247
Index 275
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