Contradictions in Mexican and Central American Immigration Policy
This paper examines the differences between Mexican and Central American immigration policy.
# 26739 | 1,863 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2000 |
Published on May 15, 2003 in Ethnic Studies (South American) , Political Science (State and Local Politics) , Latin-American Studies (Immigration/Emigration issues) , Latin-American Studies (Post-Modern (1960 on)) , Hot Topics (Immigration)
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This paper compares Mexican and Central American migration patterns since 1960 with an emphasis on the role of United States immigration policy and its expanding globalization efforts. The writer argues that Mexican and Central American migration patterns share similar motivating elements and consequences due to both the forces intended to curb immigration and those intended to expand American capital interests.
From the Paper:"Economic analyst Saskia Sassen writes that migration should not solely be examined on levels of internal factors such as the sending country's political and economic problems, but rather on a level of international processes that might encourage such out-migration (Sassen 213). If this is true, for our purposes it is important to note that historically, and most importantly since 1960, U.S. foreign policy catering to globalization interests have indeed been at play in the sending countries of Mexico and Central America. As the largest employer and exporter in Guatemala by the 1930s, the United Fruit Company (UFC) serves as an early example of foreign policy benefiting these globalization efforts. United Fruit did this by securing beneficial tax agreements through shrewd manipulation of the favorable political climate and privatization of Guatemalan land. The reading by Kinzer and Schlesinger points out that the UFC enjoyed a stronghold on the export-oriented Guatemalan economy, allowing them to dictate the politics on their terms. Guatemala had grown to become an economic appendage of the U.S. as a vast portion its economy was spear-headed by la fruitera."
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