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Author: Cynthia Toms Smedley
Links to .pdf files of all assigned readings for the Border Issues seminar.
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Week One Readings: The Seminar

Week Two Readings: Immigration Economics

  • Bustamante, Jorge A.  "Mexican Immigration and Social Relations of Capitalism." 1994.
  • Chandler, Simon "The Migration of the Maquiladoras" Annunciation House Newsletter. Winter 2003.
  • "Economic Overview--El Paso/Cd. Juarez Border Region - Maquiladora Program"
  • Nathan, Debbie. "Death Comes to Maquilas: A Border Story" The Nation. January 1997.
  • Lakoff, Georg and Ferguson, Sam. "The Framing of Immigration" Rockridge Institute; 2006.
  • Wise, Raul Delgado and Cypher, James M. "The Strategic Role of Mexican Labor Under NAFTA: Critical Perspectives on Current Economic Integration"  The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 610, No. 1, 119-142 (2007).
  • "Results and Implications of the Minuteman Project" Field Report Submitted to the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. May 19, 2005.

Week Three Readings: Immigration: Politics

  • American Immigration Law Foundation (2005). "Fencing in Failure: Effective Border Control is Not Achieved by Building More Fences." Immigration Policy in Focus.
  • Massey, Douglas S. Ph.D. "Five Myths About Immigration: Common Misconceptions Underlying U.S. Border-Enforcement Policy" Immigration Policy in Focus. Vol. 4 Issue 6; August 2005.
  • Jacoby, Tamar. "Immigration Nation" Foreign Affairs. November/December 2006.
  • Bustamante, Jorge A. "Mexico United States Labor Migration Flows" International Migration Review, Vol. 31 No. 4 Special Issue: Immigrant Adaptation and Native-Born Responses in the Making of Americans. Winter 1997; pp. 1112-1121.

Week Four Readings: Immigration: Theology

  • Bishops of Mexico & the U.S. (2003). "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope."
  • Center for Social Concerns (2004). "An Introduction to the Principles of Catholic Social Thought."
  • Chapla, Shannon (2005). "Film uncovers emotional, spiritual challenges of illegal immigrants." University of Notre Dame: News and Information.
  • Groody, Fr. Daniel. "A God of Life: A Civilization of Love." Globalization, Spirituality and Justice Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, Spring 2007.
  • Groody, Fr. Daniel. (2004) "A Theology of Immigration." Notre Dame Magazine.
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