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Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War On "Illegals" and the Remaking of the U.S. Mexico Boundary



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Awesome and very useful book  April 12, 2011

"In this updated second edition, Nevins. presents readers with a thorough [censored]sment of the US's ever-evolving immigration policies. His analysis is fresh and unique. The textbook is well written and should be of interest to a wide variety of geographers, political scientists, economists."Joe Nevins puts forth a nuanced and path-breaking political history of "illegal migrants." This study holistically examines the growing social divide between those with rights in the US and those denied them, between the privileged and the subordinated and, fundamentally, between the law and the realization of justice. It is a must-read for those seeking a fuller understanding of how the US war against "illegal" is a part of a contemporary system of apartheid.

Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War On "Illegals" and the Remaking of the U.S. Mexico Boundary: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


With this revision of his classic work Operation Gatekeeper, author Joseph Nevins not only updates the ongoing story of immigration and "illegalization" that has made this subject such a firestorm of socio-political controversy in the United States today, but he also uses the history and current events of this case to examine deeply and provocatively the meaning of boundaries and identities in our era of globalization and economic interdependence.

This is a major revision and update of Nevins earlier classic and is an ideal text for use with undergraduate students in a wide variety of courses on immigration, transnational issues, and the politics of race, inclusion and exclusion. Not only has the author brought his subject completely up to date, but as a "case" of increasing economic integration and liberalization along with growing immigration control, the US. / Mexico Border and its history is put in a wider global context of similar development s elsewhere.

There are also photo essays, including one related to deportations and another to Californias Border Field State Park, for which the site also includes historic photos and other resources. Finally, the site has links to websitesfrom U.S. government agencies involved in boundary and immigrant policing, to humanitarian and border, migrant, and human rights organizations.

Author Biography

Joseph Nevins is an Associate Professor of Geography at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Boston Review,, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, and Z Magazine. His previous books include A Not-so-Distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor, and Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
On Gate-keeping and Boundary-makingp. 1
Nation Building in the Borderlands: Constructing the U.S.-Mexico Boundaryp. 17
Generating Difference in San Diego-Tijuanap. 47
Sharpening the Divide: from Border to Boundaryp. 76
Producing the Crisis: the Emergence of Operation Gatekeeperp. 93
The Ideological Roots of the Illegal as Threat and the Boundary as Protectorp. 118
The Effects and Significance of the Bounding of the United Statesp. 155
Security in an Age of Global Apartheidp. 189
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Notesp. 228
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 279
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