Date of Award
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Cynthia E. Lynch
Dr. Aziza Zemrani
Dr. Al Borrego
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the effectiveness of the U.S./Mexico border fence for illegal immigration. This topic is important because the recent mandate by Congress in 2006 to construct fencing along the southwest border between the U.S. and Mexico was met with great resistance from the border communities Texas that are directly affected by its construction (Haddal, et al. CRS, 2009). Border communities of the southwest region of the United States are ethnically diverse and rich in history and culture. Many of them hold annual celebrations in which their Latin culture, traditions, and history are honored. The impact of the construction of the fence is deep and reverberates throughout the social, cultural, environmental, and economic settings of border communities. Some border resident's land affected by the construction of this fence has been in their families for generations. Some received their property as land grants from the King of Spain as long ago as 1767 (Caldwell, 2007). Thus, this policy is of great importance for border communities, especially in Texas.
University of Texas-Pan American