Cover

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Front Matter

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pp. i-v

Table of Contents

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p. vii

Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

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CHAPTER 1

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pp. 1-19

“Securing the border” has become a dominant refrain heard across the political spectrum during recent years as a part of the growing concern (again) over unauthorized (illegal) immigration. While U.S.-Mexico border enforcement has been central to U.S. immigration policy and...

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CHAPTER 2

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pp. 20-50

The federal lawsuit brought by students and staff at El Paso’s Bowie High School against the El Paso Border Patrol in 1992 was a historic event, for it is the most successful, formal, and large-scale challenge to Border Patrol enforcement excesses and rights abuses in local history...

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CHAPTER 3

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pp. 51-96

The implementation of Operation Blockade on September 19, 1993, with four hundred agents posted round-the-clock in high-visibility fashion directly along the Rio Grande international boundary between El Paso and Ciudad Ju

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CHAPTER 4

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pp. 97-124

Just over two months after successfully implementing Operation Blockade, Chief Reyes sought to expand the operation in early December 1993 by proposing a 1.3-mile-long, ten-foot-high, solid, thin steel fence (or wall) immediately to the west of El Paso. It was to be placed near...

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CHAPTER 5

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pp. 125-163

Previous chapters focused on the El Paso Border Patrol’s enforcement activities and its excesses, particularly in relationship to its “subject population,” with some attention to human rights problems, but without close examination. Here I undertake a detailed examination of known...

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CHAPTER 6

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pp. 164-186

My previous chapters take the immigration and human rights story through roughly 1996–1997, and here I update developments in the latter 1990s and into 2005. After the first several years of Operation Blockade/Hold-the-Line in the mid-1990s, things were pretty stable...

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CHAPTER 7

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pp. 187-213

My purpose here is twofold: to summarize my main findings in light of the key concepts I have used to frame my study, and to then discuss the findings and their implications in broader terms with an eye toward policy changes. Operation Blockade/Hold-the-Line marked a profound change in U.S. Border Patrol enforcement efforts along the...

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Epilogue

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pp. 215-228

Several themes regarding border enforcement and immigration have emerged at the local and national levels in 2006 and through mid-2007, which I can briefly sketch out here with an eye toward the future. Overall, the fetishization of border enforcement finds ever more expression, while larger, underlying issues fueling undocumented immigration...

Notes

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pp. 229-260

Bibliography

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pp. 261-286

Index

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pp. 287-297