Fencing Policies: Examining U.S. & Mexican Immigration Laws
Fencing Policies is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Maria Esparza during the 2013 spring semester.
Recently, immigration has been all over the news but not many of these conversations have touched on human rights. There are different angles to the immigration debate; this website will focus on economic migrants’ rights. Specifically, what immigration laws are in place in the United States and Mexico? Do these immigration laws ensure that people’s human rights are protected regardless of how they enter the country? How do the laws in Mexico and the U.S. differ? Do they have any similarities? Why is immigration, especially “illegal” immigration, such a debated topic in the United States and not Mexico?
Being the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of the American dream has molded my world into a space where I am neither American nor Mexican. I have grown up with Mexican values and traditions, but have also been influenced by American culture and literature. My life has been a constant battle between two cultures, but I am thankful because I can take the best of both and combine them in order to create my own traditions. I celebrate Thanksgiving by eating tamales and Mexican rice; I celebrate Christmas by staying up until midnight to open the presents that “Santa Claus” brought; I celebrate birthdays by wearing party hats and singing las mañanitas before pushing the person’s face into the cake just like it is done in Mexico. Ralph Waldo Emerson once proposed, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” and that is what I plan to do by using my Mexican-American roots to create a new path.