The U.S.-Mexico Border
A Reference Handbook
by Michael C. LeMay
January 2022, 372pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7479-6
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the busiest borders in the world; an estimated 5 million cars and trucks cross the border daily.

This book offers answers to essential questions about the border between the United States and Mexico and connected issues that are accessible to readers interested in immigration, border security, and U.S.-Mexico relations.

Comprising seven chapters, The U.S.-Mexico Border: A Reference Handbook surveys the complex topic for students and readers. Chapter 1 discusses the political, social, and economic contexts in which the border came to exist. Chapter 2 discusses problems, controversies, and proposed solutions. Chapter 3 consists of original essays contributed by outside scholars, complementing the perspective and expertise of the author. Chapter 4 profiles major organizations and people who, as stakeholders in border politics, drive the agenda on the issue. Chapter 5 presents data and documents on the topic, giving readers the ability to analyze the facts. Chapter 6 provides additional resources that the reader may wish to consult, such as books, journal articles, and films. Chapter 7 provides a detailed chronology of important events, and the book closes with a useful glossary of key terms used throughout the book and a comprehensive subject index.


  • Helps the reader to better understand the complicated U.S.-Mexico border region
  • Allows different perspectives to be heard from many individuals who are concerned with border issues, from immigration advocates to residents of border towns
  • Aids the general reader who wants to learn more about the history and current events concerning the U.S.-Mexico border in an easy-to-understand fashion
  • Provides an objective perspective in the immigration debate
Michael C. LeMay, PhD, is professor emeritus of political science at California State University–San Bernardino with 35 years experience teaching at the university level. He is author of more than two dozen academic books and has authored many books with ABC-CLIO, including Global Pandemic Threats; Illegal Immigration, First Edition and Second Edition; Doctors at the Borders; and Transforming America: Perspectives on U.S. Immigration, 3 Vols. His book The American Political Party System was selected by Choice as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title.

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


Subject coverage spans six main categories:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
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