Border Security After 9/11: Ten Years of Waste, Immigrant Crackdowns and New Drug Wars

Border Security After 9/11: Ten Years of Waste, Immigrant Crackdowns and New Drug Wars

"In his groundbreaking 2001 study of border enforcement, "Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide," border scholar Peter Andreas rightly observed that border policing has "some of the features of a ritualized spectator sport," noting that the game metaphor reflects the "performance and audience-driven nature" of the politics of border control. As the politics of border security in Texas and Arizona so well illustrate, "secure the border" is a rallying cry that energizes constituencies, catapults politicians to office and produces a steady stream of Fox News appearances for prominent border security hawks. It also diverts the debate over border policies far away from any reflective discussion of the structural causative factors producing the border crisis." Tom Barry, Sept. 11, 2011.


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