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Crossing the border : research from the Mexican Migration Project

Author: Jorge Durand; Douglas S Massey; Mexican Migration Project.
Publisher: New York : Russell Sage Foundation, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Crossing the Border dispels two primary myths about Mexican migration: First, that those who come to the United States are predominantly impoverished and intend to settle here permanently; and second, that the only way to keep them out is with stricter border enforcement. Contributors Nadia Y. Flores, Ruben Hernandez-Leon, and Douglas S. Massey show that Mexican migrants are generally not destitute but in fact
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Genre/Form: Congresses
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge Durand; Douglas S Massey; Mexican Migration Project.
ISBN: 0871542889 9780871542885
OCLC Number: 54806018
Description: ix, 345 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: What we learned from the Mexican Migration Project / Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey --
Trends in Mexican migration to the United States, 1965-1995 / Marcela Cerrutti and Douglas S. Massey --
Migrants' social capital and investing remittances in Mexico / Margarita Mooney --
U.S. migration, home ownership, and housing quality / Emilio A. Parrado --
Green card as a matrimonial strategy : self-interest in the choice of marital partners / Enrique Martinez Curiel --
Women and men on the move : undocumented border crossing / Katharine M. Donato and Evelyn Patterson --
Wives left behind : the labor market behavior of women in migrant communities / Maria Aysa and Douglas S. Massey --
Tijuana's place in the Mexican migration stream : destination for internal migrants or stepping stone to the United States? / Elizabeth Fussell --
Old paradigms and new scenarios in a migratory tradition : U.S. migration from Guanajuato / Patricia Arias --
Social capital and emigration from rural and urban communities / Nadia Y. Flores, Ruben Hernandez-Leon, and Douglas S. Massey --
Cumulative causation among internal and international Mexican migrants / Estela Rivero-Fuentes --
Profile of Mexican workers in U.S. agriculture / William A. Kandel --
Return versus settlement among undocumented Mexican migrants, 1980 to 1996 / Fernando Riosmena --
Effect of U.S. border enforcement on the crossing behavior of Mexican migrants / Pia M. Orrenius --
U.S. immigration policy and the duration of undocumented trips / Belinda I. Reyes --
Mexican Migration Project / Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey.
Responsibility: Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey, editors.
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"Crossing the Border dispels two primary myths about Mexican migration: First, that those who come to the United States are predominantly impoverished and intend to settle here permanently; and second, that the only way to keep them out is with stricter border enforcement. Contributors Nadia Y. Flores, Ruben Hernandez-Leon, and Douglas S. Massey show that Mexican migrants are generally not destitute but in fact cross the border because the higher comparative wages in the United States help them to finance homes back in Mexico, where limited credit opportunities makes it difficult for them to purchase housing. William A.

Kandel's chapter on immigrant agricultural workers debunks the myth that these laborers are part of a shadowy, underground population that sponges off of social services."

"In contrast, he finds that most Mexican agricultural workers in the United States are paid by check and not under the table. These workers pay their fair share in U.S. taxes and - despite high rates of eligibility - they rarely utilize welfare programs. Research from the project also indicates that heightened border surveillance is an ineffective strategy to reduce the immigrant population. Pia M. Orrenius demonstrates that strict barriers at popular border crossings have not kept migrants from sneaking into the United States, but rather have prompted them to seek out other entry points, which are often more hazardous to traverse. Belinda I.

Reyes uses statistical models and qualitative interviews to show that the militarization of the Mexican border has actually kept immigrants who wanted to leave the United States from returning home by making them fear that they might be caught crossing back into Mexico."--Jacket.

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