Reading across Diaspora

Chinese and Mexican Undocumented Immigration across U.S. Land Borders
  • Claudia Sadowski-Smith


In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the 5,000-mile U.S. border with Canada has been elevated to an unprecedented place of prominence in the American public consciousness. The closing of crossing points, long delays for cross-border traffic, and detailed searches at ports of entry in the wake of the attacks resembled similar types of systematic crackdown at the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border throughout the 1990s. These types of border enforcement also put a temporary end to efforts for the creation of a common “open and seamless border” between Canada and the United States. First articulated during the summer of 2001, proposals to ease U.S.Canada border restrictions under a “NAFTA-plus” plan were couched in appeals to the long and peaceful history of “the world’s largest undefended border” that separates two largely similar neighbors (Walker A1).


Illegal Immigration Chinese Immigrant Undocumented Immigration Mexican Immigrant Mexican Migration 
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