How Trump’s wall rhetoric changes lives in Mexico

Isaac Chotiner spoke with Ana Raquel Minian, an associate professor of history at Stanford and the author of the book “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration.” to get some historical perspective on U.S. relations with Mexico. During the conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, they discussed what the U.S. can do to create a more stable Mexico. What can the United States do to insure the continued economic development of Mexico, which would presumably in the long run mean that more people want to stay in Mexico?

Mexicans should have the ability to stay in their own country if they so desire. So, what would allow that to happen? There are a number of factors. The types of investments that have happened in Mexico have often been investments that encourage migration rather than not.
So, for example, Mexico invested in the green revolution, and what the green revolution did was it encouraged people who did not have irrigated farms, et cetera, to migrate to the United States. What can be done to reduce undocumented migration. Right now, there’s a huge disparity between the number of people who are coming and who are needed by the U.S. economy and the number of available visas.

And if we want to bring people legally, and incorporate them into our society fully without forcing them to live in the shadows, which breaks the law, one of the things that we can do is to increase the number of immigrant visas.
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