The Third Border

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The Third Border Immigration is vaguely defined as, “the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country.” Beyond the action of coming to live permanently in America, immigrants came here to seek a better life for not just themselves, but for their families. These individuals went through countless measures to ensure citizenship, including the formal process. Yet it got to a point where having your papers were not enough, and immigration in the late 20th/early 21st centuries was a time in which we were first introduced to the concept of the “third border”. In order for one to truly assess and understand the life of immigrants during this time period, the concept of the “third border” is a great tool and useful way to explain the challenges that immigrants face in the United States today. In Mike Davis’, Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. City, The Official Minutemen Civil Defense Corp. press release, and the article on x describes the concept of the third border can be used to understand what the Latinos in the United States had to go through. In Mike Davis’, Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. City, the “third border” is described as, “policing daily intercourse between two citizens communities” (Davis 71). This concept that is described in this book is a great way to gauge the challenges that immigrants face in the United States today. In this story we learn about the day to day living conditions of Latinos in America. Regardless of how long these Latinos have lived in America, these borders follow them wherever they live. One example given is in regards to the border that surrounds Latinos and the use of public spaces by Latinos in surrounding poor communities. In South Pasadena California, there was a busy street named Van
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