The Mexico-United States Border: Public Policy and Chicano Economic Welfare

The Mexico-United States Border: Public Policy and Chicano Economic Welfare

The Mexico-United States Border: Public Policy and Chicano Economic Welfare

The Mexico-United States Border: Public Policy and Chicano Economic Welfare

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In this study Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., shows how the economically depressed status of the low-income and particularly the Chicano population on the U.S. side of the Mexican border results in part from present U.S. border labor and immigration policies. Dr. Briggs recommends that the United States tighten its border policies and discourage the "twin plants" arrangement by which laborers in Mexico assemble items for U.S.-owned industries. He suggests that if financial assistance to Mexico is necessary it should be in the form of direct cash grants to help Mexico develop its own economy.

Dr. Briggs, professor of economics at The University of Texas at Austin, is the author of numerous studies in labor economics, including Chicanos and Rural Poverty (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1973) and The Chicano Worker , to be published in fall 1974 by the Johns Hopkins Press.

The Mexico-United States Border is No. 2 in the Studies in Human Resource Development series published jointly by the Center for the Study of Human Resources and the Bureau of Business Research of The University of Texas at Austin. The manuscript was edited and prepared for publication by Margaret Woodruff and Kathleen Luft. The cover was designed by William Hezlep. Compositors were Jennifer Brewster, Sandy Kessler, and Clintsy Sturgill. Offset printing was done by Robert Dorsett and Daniel P. Rosas, with the assistance of Robert Jenkins and Salvador Macias.

Stanley A. Arbingast Director

July 1974 . . .

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