International Migration and Homeland Security: Coordination and Collaboration in North America

This chapter describes how there is probably no more important tool for preventing attacks on U.S. soil than the nation’s immigration system because the current terrorist threat comes almost exclusively from terrorists who arrive from overseas. The chapter argues that the process of regime formation (or failure to enact a formal regime) in terms of a North American perimeter will involve the interaction of power-based, internet-based, and idea-based variables rather than from a single casual variable. Mexican President Vincent Fox and his administration have often spoken of a desire for a comprehensive agreement on migration. Indeed, Fox has repeatedly said that this was the cornerstone of Mexican foreign policy. For Mexican policy makers the objective was not an incremental or piece-meal approach, but rather (in their words), “the whole enchilada.” However, when examining the interaction of the three primary variables identified here, the chapter suggests that such a “grand bargain” seems rather unlikely. Instead, any regime seen is more likely to be in the form of a bilateral rather than multilateral agreements, and these agreements will like produce increased coordination (shallow integration and retention of policy sovereignty) rather than collaboration (deeper integration, harmonization of immigration, and refugee policy).

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    Praeger Security International

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  • Authors:
    • Rudolph, Christopher
  • Publication Date: 2006


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 60-84
  • Monograph Title: Homeland Security Protecting America’s Targets. Volume 1 Borders and Points of Entry
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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  • Accession Number: 01050136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0275987698
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2007 12:40PM