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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Behind the Smoke and Mirrors of U.S. Immigration Policy: Research from the Mexican Migration Project

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July 2019 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with American Academy of Political and Social Science

For more than three decades, the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) has annually compiled data on Mexico–U.S. migration, and the resulting database has supported important analyses on the efficacy of U.S. immigration policy related to Mexico. Unfortunately, United States policy-makers have largely ignored these studies, instead creating, perpetuating, and acting upon misunderstandings of Mexican immigration.

This volume of The ANNALS draws on official statistics and MMP data to address the gap between public perceptions of U.S.–Mexico migration and the ramifications of these perceptions for U.S. policy. Framing Mexican migration to the United States as a social and economic process, this volume endeavors to dispel the many myths and misperceptions surrounding Mexican immigrants to the United States and offers insight to better inform immigration policymaking moving forward.



Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey
Debacles at the Border: Five Decades of Fact-Free Immigration Policy
Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey
The Development of the MMP and the Evolution of the Mexican Migration System
Judith A. Boruchoff
Transnational Perspectives on Mexico-U.S. Migration and the Nation-State
Asad L. Asad and Filiz Garip
Mexico-U.S. Migration in Time: From Economic to Social Mechanisms
David P. Lindstrom
Mexican Migrant Integration in the United States 1965-2015
Nadia Flores-Yeffal
English Proficiency and Trust Networks among Undocumented Mexican Migrants
Asad L. Asad and Jackelyn Hwang
Migration to the United States from Indigenous Communities in Mexico
Mao-Mei Liu and Fernando Riosmena
“Who Goes Next?" The Gendered Expansion of Migrant Sibling Networks in Space and Time
Katharine M. Donato, Erin R. Hamilton, and Anthony Bernard-Sasges
Gender and Health in Mexico: Differences in Between Returned Migrants and Non-Migrants
María Aysa-Lastra
Gendered Patterns in the Sending and Use of Remittances
Emilio A. Parrado and Angie Ocampo
Continuities and Changes in Processes of Mexican Migration and Return
Ricardo Mora Téllez
A Quick End to a Long Story: Networks and Mexican Migration during the Great Recession
Bryan Moorefield
Challenging Employer Control within the H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Programs
Karen A. Pren and Luis Enrique González Araiza
Temporary Workers in the United States and Canada: Labor Flows and Outcomes

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