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Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities

Wayne A. Cornelius and Jessa M. Lewis, editors
Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities
ISBN: 978-0-9702838-6-3
ISBN: 978-0-9702838-7-0
2006/175 pages/LC: 2006037269
CCIS Anthologies, Vol. 3
Distributed for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego

“Provides crucial data to inform current immigration debates.”—Josiah McC. Heyman, Contemporary Sociology

"Provides valuable insight into reasons for the U.S. policy failure.... For those with an interest in Mexican immigration, this book is essential and highly recommended."—James C. Harrison, Multicultural Review

"An up-to-date, expertly researched close study, and an absolute 'must read' for any policymaker or governmental figure dealing with this tangled and difficult issue."—Midwest Book Review


This important book reveals how the stricter US border-control activities of the past decade have affected the behavior of migrants and potential migrants in rural Mexico.

The authors establish direct links between changes in immigration-control policies and changes in the decision to migrate, choice of destination, mode of entry, and inclination to participate in a temporary worker program. They also point to the unintended consequences of new control measures, such as the increasing rate of settlement among illegal migrants, higher fees paid to professional people-smugglers, increased injury and fatality rates due to clandestine entry, and changing composition of migrant flows. Collectively, they present detailed and direct evidence of the failure of post-1993 US strategy to deter unauthorized entry across the US-Mexico border, and the reasons for this failure.


Wayne A. Cornelius is director emeritus of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Jessa M. Lewis is a graduate of the M.A. program in Latin American studies at UCSD. Her research has included a study of the links between migration and alternative market development in coffee-producing communities of Oaxaca and work on the private and social profitability of coffee production systems in Costa Rica's central valley.


  • Introduction: Does Border Enforcement Deter Unauthorized Immigration? —W.A. Cornelius.
  • Profiles of the Research Community—Y. Barajas, J. Besada, E. Valdez-Suiter, and C. White.
  • The Contemporary Migration Process—S. Gaytán, E. Lucio, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia.
  • Impacts of U.S. Immigration Policies on Migration Behavior—J. Fuentes, H. L'Esperance, R. Pérez, and C. White.
  • U.S. Settlement Behavior and Labor Market Participation—H. López, R. Oliphant, and E. Tejeda.
  • Gender Differences—E. Valdez-Suiter, N. Rosas-López, and N. Pagaza.
  • Migration and Generational Cohorts—L.M. Henríquez, M. Cornejo, and S. Aguilar.
  • Migration and Local Development—B. Cantú, F. Shaiq, and A. Urdanivia.
  • Migration and Political Involvement—W. Chiu and M.R. Gutiérrez.
  • Appendixes.