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Making the Chinese MexicanGlobal Migration, Localism, and Exclusion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands$
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Grace Delgado

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778145

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778145.001.0001

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Traversing the Line

Traversing the Line

Border Crossers and Alien Smugglers

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(p.73) 3 Traversing the Line
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Making the Chinese Mexican
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778145.003.0004

This chapter discusses inconsistencies of border enforcement at the southern U.S. border and the way in which Chinese smugglers blazed illegal pathways across the Arizona and California lines. The backdoor route was so successful that it spurred American politicians to seek a diplomatic solution to end illegal entry of Chinese at the country's northern and southern borders, although Canada was more inclined than Mexico to accommodate American requests. By the turn of the twentieth century, enforcing Chinese exclusion laws remapped the U.S.–Mexico borderlands on the basis of a new sense of territoriality.

Keywords:   U.S. border, border enforcement, Chinese smugglers, illegal immigration, Chinese exclusion laws, U.S.–Mexico borderlands, territoriality

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