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The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954

S. Deborah Kang


For much of the twentieth century, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officials recognized that the US-Mexico border region was different, confronting a set of political, social, and environmental obstacles that prevented them from replicating their achievements on Angel Island and Ellis Island, the most restrictive immigration stations in the nation. In response to these challenges local INS officials resorted to the law, nullifying, modifying, and even inventing immigration laws and policies for the borderlands. The INS on the Line traces the ways in which the INS on the US-Mexico ... More

Keywords: INS, Border Patrol, immigration law, borderlands, administrative state, guest workers, border crossers, Mexican repatriation, Bracero Program, Operation Wetback

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Deborah Kang, author
Assistant Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos