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Border LivesFronterizos, Transnational Migrants, and Commuters in Tijuana$
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Sergio Chávez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199380572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199380572.001.0001

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Border Lives a Decade Later

(p.164) Epilogue
Border Lives

Sergio Chávez

Oxford University Press

The epilogue revisits the lives of several key actors almost a decade after the initial fieldwork. It asks whether border livelihoods were sustainable in a region that has experienced a sharp increase in border enforcement and immigration restriction over the years. The epilogue provides several surprises, finding that some respondents had lost their legal documents to cross the border. One migrant was finally able to obtain legal documents after years of trying and strategizing. The epilogue stresses that for border residents who are legally and economically vulnerable, sustaining a binational life becomes an especially daunting task to maintain over their life course. Thus, the agency of migrants must be studied longitudinally and ethnographically to understand why people are able to overcome political and economic structures at certain times but not others.

Keywords:   Tijuana, migration, legal status, longitudinal ethnography, revisit, Border Crossing Cards, life course

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