International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Exploring the Relationship between NAFTA, US Policies, and the Influx of Undocumented Immigrants

While negative stigma is attached to illegal immigration of Mexican children, it creates tension with American born students which potentially leads to bullying or discrimination. As it is too common for mass media to capture the illegality of migration, this study examines the other side of the coin by delving into the sociopolitical factors that laid the ground work for the endless migration of the illegal immigrants to the US. While studies connecting the influx of migrants with NAFTA show equivocal results, this study shows that the effects of the cumulative causation theory with the inconsistent US immigration policies potentially induced the influx of undocumented students in the US. In the discussion section a bilateral educational US-Mexico treaty which intends to promote understanding and problem-solving by regional people from both sides of the borders is offered.

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