Border Analysis

By: Jackie Swift,  Cornell Research

Every day Mexican migrants illegally cross the border into the United States. Many more are prevented from crossing, only to try again another day. This wave of migration from Mexico has been going on for decades and is an issue of great controversy in the United States. Politicians regularly argue about it, and some make immigration reform one of their rallying cries. In recent years the United States even has gone so far as to build a wall along the 2,000-mile United States-Mexico border to deter illegal migrants.

“Mexican migration to the United States is the longest sustained movement of people between two nations,” says Filiz Garip, Sociology. “It’s always interested me because it has been going on so long, and the two countries have such a big difference historically in their economic prospects. I’ve wondered what changes have gone on in the migration patterns over years. Who is migrating across that border, and why?” 

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Photo Credit: Jesse Winter.

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