Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the Illegal Alien and the Making of the U.S.- Mexico Boundary / Edition 1

Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the Illegal Alien and the Making of the U.S.- Mexico Boundary / Edition 1

by Joseph Nevins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415931053

ISBN-13: 9780415931052

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415931052
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
1Introduction1
2The Creation of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary and the Remaking of the United States and Mexico in the Border Region15
3Local Context and the Creation of Difference in the Border Region39
4The Bounding of the United States and the Emergence of Operation Gatekeeper61
5The Ideological Roots of the "Illegal": The "Other" as Threat and the Rise of the Boundary as the Symbol of Protection95
6The Effects and Significance of the Bounding of the United States123
7Nationalism, the Territorial State, and the Construction of Boundary-Related Identities151
8Conclusion: Searching for Security in an Age of Intensifying Globalization165
App. AMap: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in Southern California189
App. BMap: Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands190
App. CMap: The Territorial Expansion of the United States191
App. DMap: The Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary192
App. EChronology of Selected U.S. Immigration- and Boundary-Related Legislation and Developments193
App. FNumber of Border Patrol Agents Nationally, Fiscal Years 1925-2000 Change in Number of Border Patrol Agents Nationally, Fiscal Years 1925-2000197
App. GCover from December 1974 Issue of The American Legion Magazine198
Notes199
Bibliography247
Index275

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