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TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER I THE THREE BORDER WARS - A Tale With Two Sides - The Meaning of the Border - The Frontier Era - The Customs Era - The Law Enforcement Era - The National Security Border - The Closing of the Border - Our Lives in the Hands of Others - A Democratic Deficit - Conflating the Issues - Planning to Secure the Border: Same Old, Same Old - Are the Three Border Wars Justified? - The Scope of the Book CHAPTER II THE DRUG WAR ON THE BORDER - A Bird's Eye View - Economics and Geography - It's Economics - The Explanatory Power of a Standard Map - The Beginning of the War - Between Business and War - Bureaucrats v. Drug Cartels: Unequal Enemies - Modus Smugglandi · The Port of Entry vs. the Non-Port of Entry Axis · The People vs. the Vehicles Axis · The NAFTA Connection · The C-TPAT · The Narco-Tunnels - Corrupting the Warriors - The Protective Shield of the Border Police - Victimizing the Criminals with Bribes - Violence and the Drug Trafficking Business · Competition: Violence Between Cartels · Competition: Intra-Cartel Violence · Taking Sides: The Mexican Government · Plata o Plomo: Silver or Lead · Disciplining the Workforce · Random Violence: The Exception to the Rule - The Sicarios - Handling the Disloyal - Money and Drugs: North and South - The Media and the Drug War - The Wealth of Drugs: On Narco-Mansions and Narco-Juniors - The Big Cartels versus the Small Time Players - The Border Geographic of the Drug War - Conclusion CHAPTER III IMMIGRATION AND THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER - The Scene at the Border - The Beginning - The Breaking Point: 1986 - A Failed Logic for a Failed War - The Balloon Effect - The Dead - Build it and They Will Come ·The Backside of Economic Development - It's Economics, Stupid! · The Legal Side - The Legal Side - Mothers and Their Babies - How They Come - The Old Crossers: How Times Change - Humpty Dumpty and The Border - The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same - Operation Hold the Line - Good Fences Make Good Neighbors - Empowering the Coyotes - The Crossing Card Trick - NAFTA and Undocumented Immigration - OTM: Other than Mexicans - Other Modus Operandi - The Militarization of the Border · Law Enforcement and Escalation · Deterrence and Escalation - The Illegal Document Industry - The Attrition Argument - The U.S. Military and the Border - All the Border's a Stage · The American Public · The Minutemen ·Border Political Grandstanding - A New Approach is Needed CHAPTER IV HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE BORDER - The War on Terror Comes to the Border - The Border and the Immediate Aftermath After September 11 - Diagnosing the Failure of September 11 · Immigration Failure ·Economic Integration, Trade and Border Security · Arizona and New Mexico ·Damn Those Bureaucrats! · Intelligence Failure and the Border - Conflating the Issues - Reorganizing for Border Security - A Nagging Question - New Immigration Procedures - Consequences of the New Immigration Procedures - New Trade Procedures - The Consequences of the New Trade System - The Value Added by the New Trade Procedures - The Inordinate Burden on Border Residents - The Costs of Homeland Security at the Border to the Tax Payer - Back to Normalcy? - The Treatment of Border Crossers CHAPTER V THE PANOPTICON BORDER - The Panopticon Border - Technology and the Panopticon Border - Militarization of the Border - The Border as a Symbol of a Reluctant Partnership - Agent Garcia and the Problem with the Problem - The Definition of Border Security - The Construction of Security - Unhelpful Rhetoric - Talking Past Each Other at the Border - A New Approach is Needed - The North American Free Trade Agreement and the Border - The North American Solution - Defining a North American Community - The North American Security Bubble - Bureaucratic Politics and the Border - The Border Reinstated - The Border is the Future of America - No
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Smuggling -- Mexican-American Border Region.
Drug traffic -- Government policy -- United States.
Illegal aliens -- Government policy -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Mexico.
Mexico -- Relations -- United States.
Mexican-American Border Region -- Economic conditions.
Mexican-American Border Region -- Politics and government.
Mexican-American Border Region -- Social conditions.
Mexican-American Border Region -- Ethnic relations.