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Re-conceptualization of Economic Migrants: An Interpretative Research Study of NAFTA in Mexico

Abstract The current immigration flow to the United States from Mexico has been polarized by politicians and anti-immigration groups, with a rhetoric that immigrants are a danger to the sovereignty of the country and an economic burden. These accusations ignore the role played by trade agreements in causing such migration patterns by displacing Mexican migrants and how U.S. immigration policies subsequently condemn these economically displaced migrants into illegality. This thesis examines the role national governments and laws of both the United States and Mexico play in formalizing the undocumented flow and the contestation of these economic migrants. I challenge the contemporary view of trade agreements as pull factors by showing how they also f... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Valenzuela, Cinthia (Author) / Colbern, Allan (Advisor) / Comstock, Audrey (Committee member) / Elenes, C Alejandra (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject International relations / Displacemet / Human Rights / Immigration / Refugees / Trade Agreements
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 110 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Interdisciplinary Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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