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Run for the Border Steven W. Bender

Run for the Border By Steven W. Bender

Run for the Border by Steven W. Bender

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A realistic account of the porous US-Mexico border - from both sides

Run for the Border Summary

Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings by Steven W. Bender

Mexico and
the United States exist in a symbiotic relationship: Mexico frequently provides
the United States with cheap labor, illegal goods, and, for criminal offenders,
a refuge from the law. In turn, the U.S. offers Mexican laborers the American
dream: the possibility of a better livelihood through hard work. To supply each
other's demands, Americans and Mexicans have to cross their shared border from
both sides. Despite this relationship, U.S. immigration reform debates tend to
be security-focused and center on the idea of menacing
Mexicans heading north to steal abundant American resources. Further, Congress
tends to approach reform unilaterally, without engaging with Mexico or other
feeder countries, and, disturbingly, without acknowledging problematic southern
crossings that Americans routinely make into Mexico.
In Run for the Border, Steven W. Bender
offers a framework for a more comprehensive border policy through a historical
analysis of border crossings, both Mexico to U.S. and U.S. to Mexico. In contrast
to recent reform proposals, this book urges reform as the product of
negotiation and implementation by cross-border accord; reform that honors the
shared economic and cultural legacy of the U.S. and Mexico. Covering everything
from the history of Anglo crossings into Mexico to escape law authorities, to
vice tourism and retirement in Mexico, to today's focus on Mexican
border-crossing immigrants and drug traffickers, Bender takes lessons from the
past 150 years to argue for more explicit and compassionate cross-border
Steeped in
several disciplines, Run for the Border
is a blend of historical, cultural, and legal perspectives, as well as those
from literature and cinema, that reflect Bender's cultural background and legal

Run for the Border Reviews

This engaging, entertaining, and educational 14-chapter book is a call to action for all to work on improving cross-border cooperation. Recommended for all readership levels. * CHOICE *
[O]ne insight that is clearly articulated throughout this work is that the decisions that our governments make, whether unilaterally or cooperatively, have direct and critically important impact on their constituents. -- David Hatten * clcjbooks *
No doubt, borders are incredibly fascinating. And if you want a pleasant way to understand the multitude of factors driving the enormous legal and illicit traffic across the U.S.-Mexico border, then Run for the Border is the book for you. Benders detailed and nuanced review of the U.S.-Mexican border, its history and its complexity, is invaluable. It presents a very readable collection of historic to very modern examples demonstrating why people move goods and themselves in both directions. Benders rich analysis gives us the tools to understand what is wrongand occasionally right--with our trade, immigration and drug policies. In reviewing immigration reform and drug legalization Steve Bender makes some sober and some surprising policy suggestions. Run for the Border takes common U.S. border mythology and smashes it to pieces. What is left after reading this very interesting and compelling book is a much richer understanding of the U.S.-Mexico border. It uses history and modern cultural references to show what the border is and does. We also learn how and why people, legally and otherwise, have crossed goods and themselves over it for the past 150 years. Bender reveals the complexity of border traffic and shows us, strand by strand, how it works. Along the way, he also exposes the unfortunate fog of myths, stereotypes, and rank racism that have obscured our understanding of the border and the people who cross it. Run for the Borders fact-based approach gets us well beyond the din of the intense and sometimes bitter debate over immigration and drug policies. -- Raymond C. Caballero,former mayor of El Paso, TX
Benders account offers an important corrective to the idea that there is any single narrative that ought to drive the complex debate on immigration policy. With a series of graphic illustrations Bender explodes many of the myths about immigration and tells the complicated interlocking series of stories that have colored our understanding of the relationship this country has had with Mexico and which Mexico has had with us. It is an important and valuable contribution to the increasingly vituperative political debate on how to manage the border. -- Gerald Torres,author of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy

About Steven W. Bender

Steven W. Bender is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from US History (NYU Press, 2015), Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (NYU Press, 2012), Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press, 2010), and Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I . Running for the Border to Escape Justice 1 El Fugitivo Part I I . Economic Motivations for Southbound Border Runs 2 Gringos in Paradise 3 A Giant Sucking Sound Part I I I . Illicit Motivations for Southbound Border Runs 4 Margaritaville: The Lure of Alcohol 5 Losin' It: Prostitution and the Child Sex Trade 6 Going Southbound: Mexican Divorces and Medical Border Runs Part IV. Economic Motivations for Northbound Border Runs 7 Rum-Running for the Border 8 Acapulco Gold 9 Coming to America Part V. A Framework for Comprehensive Border Reform 10 Lessons from 150 Years of Border Crossings 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy viii | Contents 12 Reefer Madness 13 A Framework for Southbound Crossings 14 Laws the Border Leaves Behind Conclusion Notes Index About the Author

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Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings by Steven W. Bender
New York University Press
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