Reality in the Face of Alternative Facts: Irregular Migration to the United States and the Deportations of Mexicans under the Trump Administration

  • Jesús Peña El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Keywords: Mexican migration, deportations, immigration policy, Donald Trump,

Abstract

This article analyzes five ideas about Mexican migration toward the United States that drive Trump’s immigration policy and contrasts them with official data from the Survey on Migration on the Northern Border. The author concludes that 1) the data do not justify the content of Trump’s executive orders; 2) Trump’s executive orders make sense as population control strategies to inhibit the growth of Mexican population in the United States; and, 3) Mexico’s main challenge is not the number of deportations, but the diversity of deportees’ needs. 

Author Biography

Jesús Peña, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Investigador del Departamento de Estudios de Población de El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

References

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social, Consejo Nacional de Población, Unidad de Política Migratoria, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social.

Encuesta sobre Migración en la Frontera Norte de México, Disponible en: www.colef.mx/emif, consultado el 22 de febrero de 2017.

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary.

b. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, disponible en: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/executive-order-border-security-and-immigration-enforcement-improvements, consultado el 27 de febrero de 2017

United States Department of Homeland Security

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United States Border Patrol.

Illegal Alien Apprehensions from Mexico by fiscal year, disponible en: www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2016-Oct/BP%20Total%20Apps%2C%20Mexico%2C%20OTM%20FY2000-FY2016.pdf. Consultado el 24 de febrero de 2017.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FY2016 ICE Immigration Removals, en: www.ice.gov/removal-statistics/2016, Consultado el 1 de marzo de 2017.

Unidad de Política Migratoria, SEGOB

Evento de repatriación de mexicanos desde Estados Unidos, según entidad federativa y punto de recepción, 1995-2015.

Published
2017-12-11
How to Cite
Peña, J. (2017). Reality in the Face of Alternative Facts: Irregular Migration to the United States and the Deportations of Mexicans under the Trump Administration. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.20999//nam.2017.b008
Section
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES