What We’re Reading: U.S.-Mexico Migration and Destructive Fast Fashion

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Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States Timothy J. Henderson “Beyond Borders” chronicles the history of the ebb and flow of Mexican migration into the United States starting from the turn of the 20th century to 2010. While a great deal has happened since publication in 2011, the book presents a solid overview of the major movements and drivers leading up to the present day. Henderson avoids any general discussion of the migration phenomenon and instead opts to jump directly into the U.S.-Mexico case. He focuses on the push-pull dynamic inherent in the relationship, where not only does the United States need to offer an incentive (usually higher wages) to attract migrants, but also there must be reasons prompting Mexicans to want to leave their homeland in the first place (usually lack of economic opportunity). On the whole, Mexican migration centers on the United States, while for Washington Mexican migration is just part of a larger trend and national debate about immigration. Though this often means thinking about the United States as having the upper hand in the relationship, Henderson emphasizes two occasions – the two world wars – in which the U.S. economy so desperately needed workers […]

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Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.