Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border

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Peter Laufer's explosive proposals for the U.S.-Mexican border go far beyond President Bush's initiative to ease restrictions on immigration. Mr. Laufer argues that the border with Mexico should be completely open, with a free flow of people between the two countries. He offers a step-by-step blueprint for making it happen. Wetback Nation is also the background to understanding the Bush proposals: the story of how the border has become a fraud, resulting in nothing more than the criminalization of Mexican and other migrants, the bloating of the mismanaged Immigration and Naturalization Service, the deterioration of living standards along the frontier, and the enrichment of American employers. Placing the border in historical perspective, Mr. Laufer shows how circumstances have deteriorated to the present crisis, and why the region and the migration through it cannot be ignored. Over the last several years he has interviewed dozens of authorities as well as men and women in the street while reporting from Mexico, along the border, and in the United States. He demonstrates that the security of America's southern border is a fallacy; offers vivid examples to illustrate how the chain of misery and lawbreaking for migrants heading north is initiated by U.S. employers; traces many of the border problems to the Guatemalan-Mexican border; and explores the abuses of the Border Patrol and the growing presence of vigilantes on the American side. Wetback Nation is sure to provoke a lively debate over the future of Mexican immigration.

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Peter Laufer has reported from Mexico and the Borderlands for more than twenty years, as an NBC News correspondent and as a freelance writer for a variety of publications. He has also served as chief researcher for an Internews investigation of Mexico funded by the Packard Foundation. Mr. Laufer's other books include Exodus to Berlin, Iron Curtain Rising, and Nightmare Abroad. He lives in Bodega Bay, California, near San Francisco.

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Laufer makes a powerful personal argument for opening the border. (Zavala County Sentinel (Texas))

Sure to ignite debate over immigration policy, and Laufer deserves credit for confronting the issue in terms both honest and human. (San Antonio Express-News)

A scathing critcism and systematic analysis of America's closed border policy with Mexico. (Foreword Reviews)

Laufer describes the realities of cross-border migration...citing the futility of current policies. (Los Angeles Times)

Probably [Laufer's] best book―a warm and humane treatment of a fascinating subject....A pleasure to read. (Santa Rosa, Ca Press-Democrat)

One of the more unusual and important surveys of Mexican relations and immigration standards to appear in modern times. (Midwest Book Review)

A captivating, informative read infused with a deep and genuine empathy for those who suffer the most under current immigration policy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Makes a strong case for simply opening the border....Fascinating. (Austin American Statesman)

His book is not only informative but also engaging. He fills his pages with faces, not just facts. (Autumn Phillips The Steamboat Pilot, Steamboat, Springs, Co)

Mr. Laufer writes with great empathy...He does succeed in putting a human face on Mexicans who risk everything...in pursuit of better opportunity. (Robert Rivard New York Sun)

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