The Trump Paradox: Migration, Trade, and Racial Politics in US-Mexico Integration explores one of the most complex and unequal cross-border relations in the world, in light of both a twenty-first-century political economy and the rise of Donald Trump. Despite the trillion-plus dollar contribution of Latinos to the US GDP, political leaders have paradoxically stirred racial resentment around immigrants just as immigration from Mexico has reached net zero. With a roster of state-of-the-art scholars from both Mexico and the US, The Trump Paradox explores a dilemma for a divided nation such as the US: in order for its economy to continue flourishing, it needs immigrants and trade.
The Trump Paradox Migration, Trade, and Racial Politics in US-Mexico Integration
About the Book
“This is a big book––not so much in length, but in the breadth of coverage, depth of analysis, and gravitas of its contributors. . . . a thoughtfully organized edited volume examining the paradoxes associated with Trump’s pronounced opposition to migration from, and trade with, Mexico.”—Ethnic and Racial Studies
"Looking forward, the contributors argue persuasively that strong national industrial and infrastructure policies, rather than trade accords, will speed future regional prosperity."—Foreign Affairs"A stellar collection of essays by top scholars from both nations, The Trump Paradox: Migration, Trade, and Racial Politics in US-Mexico Relations is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the true connections between these two countries. Chapter after chapter, the book debunks myths, sheds new light on the dynamics of migration and trade, and shows how the evidence differs from President Trump´s polarizing narrative."—Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Founding Director, Commitment to Equity Institute, Tulane University
"Immigration and trade are two longstanding key components of the relationship between Mexico and the US. The Trump Paradox offers valuable analysis that helps separate facts from political discourse and also understand the dynamics of immigration and trade under the Trump presidency. The migration phenomenon in particular will continue to be a source of tension until a better way to manage it is achieved. The book makes a great contribution towards this goal."—Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, former Ambassador of Mexico and former Director of the North American Development Bank
"Brings a plethora of fresh evidence to understand the US-Mexico relationship, particularly around immigration and trade debates that were central to Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016, which will also remain pressing issues into the foreseeable future. Several of the chapters stand out as must-reads for scholars and students alike."—David Scott FitzGerald, author of Refuge beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers
"The volume is a timely analysis of the Trump administration’s immigration and trade policies, and the public response—which the editors present as paradoxical on many different fronts. The chapters represent an impressive range of methodological and theoretical traditions, authored by a much-needed binational and interdisciplinary mix of leading migration scholars."—Shannon Gleeson, Cornell University
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Edward Telles
PART ONE. The Trump Paradox
1. How Do We Explain Trump’s Paradoxical Yet Electorally Successful Use of a False US-Mexico Narrative?
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Edward Telles
2. What Were the Paradoxical Consequences of Militarizing the Border with Mexico?
Douglas S. Massey
PART TWO. Mexico-US Migration
3. How Did We Get to the Current Mexico-US Migration System, and How Might It Look in the Near Future?
Silvia E. Giorguli, Claudia Masferrer, and Victor M. García-Guerrero
4. Recession versus Removals: Which Finished Mexican Unauthorized Migration?
René Zenteno and Roberto Suro
5. How Is the Health of the Mexican-Origin Population on Both Sides of the Border Affected by Policies and Attitudes in the United States?
Fernando Riosmena, Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, Megan Reynolds, and Justin Vinneau
6. What Shall Be the Future for the Children of Migration? LASANTI and the Educational Imperative
Patricia Gándara and Gary Orfield
7. What Are the Policy Implications of Declining Unauthorized Immigration from Mexico?
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
8. How Does Mexican Migration Affect the US Labor Market?
Frank D. Bean, Susan K. Brown, and James D. Bachmeier
PART THREE. Trade Integration
9. Before and after NAFTA: How Are Trade and Migration Policies Changing?
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, Sherman Robinson, and Karen Thierfelder
10. What Is the Relationship between US-Mexico Migration and Trade in Agriculture?
Antonio Yúnez-Naude, Jorge Mora-Rivera, and Yatziry Govea-Vargas
11. Is Complementarity Sustainable in the US-Mexico Automotive Sector?
12. What Policies Make Sense in a US-Mexico Trade Deal?
Robert A. Blecker, Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, and Isabel Salat
PART FOUR. Racial Politics
13. What Is the Historical and Political Context for Trump’s Nativist Appeal?
14. How Has the New Mexico-US Relationship Affected Mexican Nationalism?
Regina Martínez Casas and Rafael Elías López Arellano
15. What Are the Social Consequences of Immigrant Scapegoating by Political Elites?
René D. Flores
16. How Do Latinos Respond to Anti-Immigrant Politics?
Gary Segura, Matt Barreto, and Angela E. Gutierrez
17. Anti-Immigrant Backlash: Is There a Path Forward?
Zoltan L. Hajnal
List of Acronyms
Glossary of Key Terms
List of Contributors