Dr. Christina Getrich has released a new book, Border Brokers -- Children of Mexican Immigrants Navigating U.S. Society, Laws, and Politics, a critical examination of the deleterious effects of U.S. immigration policies and enforcement practices on mixed-status families. Based on more than 10 years of fieldwork in San Diego, Border Brokers provides a rich compelling narrative of the complexity of life in the US-Mexico borderlands.
Based on ethnographic fieldwork in San Diego over more than a decade, Border Brokers documents the continuing deleterious effects of U.S. immigration policies and enforcement practices on a group of now young adults and their families. In the first book-length longitudinal study of mixed-status families, Christina M. Getrich provides an on-the-ground portrayal of these young adults’ lives from their own perspectives and in their own words.
More importantly, Getrich identifies how these individuals have developed resiliency and agency beginning in their teens to improve circumstances for immigrant communities. Despite the significant constraints their families face, these children have emerged into adulthood as grounded and skilled brokers who effectively use their local knowledge bases, life skills honed in their families, and transborder competencies. Refuting the notion of their failure to assimilate, she highlights the mature, engaged citizenship they model as they transition to adulthood to be perhaps their most enduring contribution to creating a better U.S. society.
An accessible ethnography rooted in the everyday, this book portrays the complexity of life in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. It offers important insights for anthropologists, educators, policy-makers, and activists working on immigration and social justice issues.
More information about the book can be found here: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/border-brokers