Welcome to the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Wiki Edit


U.S.-Mexico Borderlands showing states on both sides of the border.

This wiki is the product of collaborative research and writing among students enrolled in Drake University's U.S.-Mexico Borderlands course, offered through the Department for the Study of Culture and Society. In this wiki, students take an critical approach toward educating the public regards major issues associated with the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. These topics range from the historical development of the borderlands to gendered industrial production, feminization, and the problem of feminicide in Ciudad Juarez. Other topics include immigration, trafficking and police buildup of the border. We hope that this educational tool will serve as an invaluable source of knowledge.

The Students involved wiht this project include Kale Abrahamson, Michael Hoyt, Thaddeus Logan, Matthew McManus, Michaela Oleson, Ravi Patel, Alyssa Scimeca, Parker Stinski, and Riley Willman.

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Historical Development Edit

Feminicide Edit

Militarization Edit

Immigration Edit

Trafficking Edit

Sources: Edit

Below is a list of the books, films, and additional materials on this topic. We highly recommend that you add them to your reading and viewing lists.

Books Edit

Bacon, David

2004 The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Cull, Nicholas and David Carrasco

2004  Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Davidson, Miriam

2000 Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico Border. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Dwyer, Augusta

1994  On the Line: Life on the U.S.-Mexican Border. London, UK: Latin American Bureau.

Fox, Claire F.

1999 The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Ganster, Paul, and David. E. Lorey

2008 The U.S.-Mexican Border into the Twenty-First Century. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Gomez-Peña, Guillermo 2000 Dangerous Border Crossers: The Artist Talks Back. Routledge.

Gutierrez, David G.

1996 Between Two Worlds: Mexican Immigrants in the United States. Wilmington, DL: Scholarly Resources Inc.

Hastings, Donnan, and Thomas M. Wilson

1999 Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State. Oxford: Berg.

Martínez, Oscar J., ed.

1996 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources.

Martínez, Rubén

2001 Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail. Metropolitan Books.

Nevins, Joseph

Operation Gatekpeer: The Rise of the “Illegal Alien” and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary. New York: Routledge.

2008  Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid. New York: City Lights.

Segura, Denise and Patricia Zavella (eds.)

2007 Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Sadowski-Smith, Claudia

2002 Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital, and Citizenship at U.S. Borders. New York, NY: Palgrave.

Taylor, Lawrence J., and Maeve Hickey

2001 Tunnel Kids. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Urrea, Luis Alberto

1993  Across the Wire. New York: Anchor Books.

2004 The Devil’s Highway: A True Story. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Vila, Pablo

2000  Crossing Borders/Reinforcing Borders: Social Categories, Metaphors, and Narrative Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier. Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press.

Wood, Andrew

2001 On The Border: Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Films Edit

The 800 Mile Wall


Beyond the Border: Más Allá de la Frontera

Border Patrol: Life on the Line

De Nadie: Border Crossing

Dying to Get In: Undocumented Immigration at the U.S. Mexican Border

El Norte

La Bestia/The Beast

The Border (KPBS)

Las Marthas

The Fence/La Barda

The Global Assembly Line

The Invisible Chapel

The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon


Mexico: A Death in the Desert

Mixed Feelings

Natives: Immigrant Bashing on the Border

On the Edge: The Femicide in Ciudad Juárez

One Border/One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist

Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border

Señorita Extraviada


The U.S.-Mexican War (PBS)

Walking the Line

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