How the Mexican and United States Governments Have Worked Together to Manage their Borders Since WWII

 This website is dedicated to exploring the different programs and policies enacted in cooperation with the Mexican and U.S. Governments since World War II.  It will examine the Bracero Program, NAFTA, Post 9/11 policy, the War on Drugs, and Arizona’s Senate Bill 107o.  
  • The Bracero Program (1942-1964) was enacted in cooperation with the U.S. and Mexican governments as way to control illegal immigration while providing the U.S. with much needed farm labor during World War II. 
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was passed in 1994 as a way to provide cross-border movement of goods and services in order to promote conditions of fair competition in the free trade area. 
  • Post 9/11 has seen more restrictive policies with regards to U.S./Mexican border security by the U.S., such as the Real ID Act of 2005 and The Secure Fence Act of 2006.
  • The “War on Drugs” began in 1980 as a measure to crack down on the large amounts of illegal substances crossing the U.S./Mexico border.  This war continues today.
  • Arizona Senate Bill 1070, signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010, was an ill received response on the state level to the shortcoming of U.S. federal immigration policy.


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