Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

The Borders of Inequality: Where Wealth and Poverty Collide

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

The Borders of Inequality: Where Wealth and Poverty Collide

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The Borders of Inequality: Where Wealth and Poverty Collide by Iñigo Moré (Author), Lyn Domínguez (Translator) 2011. 192 pp. ISBN: 978-0816529322. $45.00 cloth. University of Arizona Press, (520) 621-3920.www.uapress.arizona.edu

One of the issues that has 11IIInstalled immigration reform IFMl vin the United States is the debate on how to secure the border. Recently U.S. media, policymakers, and commentators of all political persuasions have been obsessing about what kind of fence to build and how to man it. TV talking heads, websites, and blogs dominate the discussion with what they say are the terrible consequences of a less secured border with Mexico including the influx of illegal immigrants, drug wars and narcotics trafficking. What is seldom included in these conversations is why the U.S./Mexican border is so much more important to those seeking secure borders than the Canadian border with the U.S. to the north, which is still the longest unguarded border on Earth.

The reason no one talks about the Canadian border is not difficult to discern. It is a simple matter of economics. Richer countries have a pattern of trying to seal up their borders with poorer countries while turning a blind eye to their borders with countries that are on par with or superior to them economically. In The Borders of Inequality, originally published in Spain, researcher Iñigo Moré shines a light on how economic realities shape border poney examining the world's "top twenty most unequal borders." What he finds is that many of these border situations share similar characteristics. …

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