Tony Payan, PhD, Political Science professor at University of Texas, El Paso
North America is pulled in two different directions: reaffirmation of the nation-state, with implications for border controls, or the inevitability of globalization with its particular meaning for border flows. Twenty years after NAFTA, the three countries of North America have failed to take advantage of a unique historical opportunity to move the status of borders from lines of defense and opposition to lines of encounter and institutionalized cooperation. Border structures are ever more rigid; vested interests in border closing still growing; and political leadership lacking. Overlooked are the lives of tens of millions of people who have had their economic prosperity curtailed, mobility truncated, and sense of security upset by unprecedented deployment of technology and force, both of which are channeled into controlling rather than efficiently managing our borders.
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