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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
In place of myths about Mexican immigrant workers, Cockcroft establishes several well-founded realities. One is that the border is porous because U.S. business interests want it that way so they can have cheap labor to exploit as needed by means of a border " revolving door." Another is that there is such an interrelated U.S.-Mexico economy, achieved through "silent integration," that in effect the border is a legal fiction. A third is that Mexican " undocumented" workers contribute substantially more to the U.S. economy than they take out. A fourth is that U.S. immigration policy is not at all simple and internal. Instead, many social, cultural, historical, economic, and political forces are intertwined with an international context to form a complex network that determines U.S. immigration policy.
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