Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 15: Immigration Tensions Over the U.S.-Mexico Border
Immigration Tensions Over the U.S.-Mexico Border
The U.S.-Mexico border is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with approximately 350 million people crossing legally each year.1 Running 1,969 miles, or 3,369 kilometers, in length, the border extends from Imperial Beach, California/Tijuana, Baja California, to Brownsville, Texas/Matamoros, Tamaulipas. It traverses four U.S. states, six Mexican states, and diverse terrains that range from urban areas such as El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, to vast deserts such as the Sonoran.
The southwestern United States was once formally a part of Mexico, and thus the two share cultural and family ties and, in many regions, a common language. Moreover, the Mexican-born U.S. immigrant population is one of the largest, topping out at 30 ...