Jorge Durand

Jorge Durand lives in Mexico, where he is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Guadalajara.

Recent Articles

Borderline Sanity

United States policy toward Mexican immigration is suddenly on the table again. The Bush administration is talking about a new amnesty for undocumented Mexicans living in this country, as well as an expanded guest-worker program. One suspects that these initiatives have more to do with wooing Latino voters than with any recognition that the current U.S. approach to immigration is fundamentally flawed. Nonetheless, the administration's tactic creates an opportunity to reconsider the issue, and Congress should seize it. By militarizing our southern border, penalizing employers who hire undocumented workers, barring immigrants from entitlement programs, and generally making life unpleasant for foreigners in this country, U.S. policy makers have sought to discourage immigration. But nothing of the sort has happened. Instead, these policies have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and the exploitation of thousands more, while undermining the wages and working conditions of U.S...