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Unformatted text preview: Darren Pinder IRE 104/SOC 104 Week 4 January 24, 2011 The history of international migration between the United States and Mexico has been unique. These are two countries with extremely polar standards of living that share a two- thousand mile land border with more migration occurring from south to north than north to south. There have been many factors that have shaped, intended, as well as unintended mass migration patterns from Mexico. Migration between Mexico and the United States has not always been a result of cost-benefit decisions by atomized individuals, nor has migration been motivated by the desire to maximize lifetime earnings through permanent relocation north of the Mexican border. Instead, migratory patterns by laborers and families have been defined through the political and social construction of Mexico from the late 1800s to the present. The trends of Mexican migration have been largely created by important economic and social events such as the introduction of railroads, the movement from agrarian to industry, and the Mexican Revolution Railroads were crucial to the development of Mexico, just as they were crucial to the development of the United States. The introduction of a railway system allowed for the development and settlement of the northern frontier as well as mass migration to the United States 1 . The Mexican Central Railroad ran from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez, which allowed the connection of four rail lines to the United States that met in El Paso. They were: the the connection of four rail lines to the United States that met in El Paso....
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