May 15, 2017

Julia Young, assistant professor, history, published a blog on Mexican migration in the era of border walls with


In March 2015, I submitted the final page proofs for my book on Mexican migration to the United States. In June of that same year, Donald Trump gave his now-infamous speech in which he called Mexican immigrants drug dealers, rapists, and criminals. We all know what has happened since then: a nativist presidential campaign, a rhetorical battle with Mexico over the border wall, an upset election, and a growing number of deportations. 

Now, nearly two years after the book’s publication, I find myself thinking often about what the book means, and how it is relevant, in the age of Trump.

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