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Michael Dear
Michael Dear is a professor of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. The author/editor of more than a dozen books, he has been a Guggenheim Fellowship holder, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. He has received the highest honors for creativity and excellence in research from the Association of American Geographers, and numerous undergraduate teaching and graduate mentorship awards. He has also curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently Trazando la Línea/Tracing the Line at the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, the state capital of Baja California. His recent book, Why Walls Won’t Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide, was published in February 2013.

Entries by Michael Dear

An 8-Point Plan to Repair the US-Mexico Border

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:24 AM

Ten years ago, in 2005, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security introduced its Secure Border Initiative (SBI). Today, the Mexico-U.S. wall is a fact of everyday life for millions of people who live in its shadow.

Disagreements persist about how effective the border fortifications have been, but...

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Beware of the Growing U.S.-Mexico Border Industrial Complex

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:46 PM

Border walls are the instruments of last resort in the armory of geopolitics. Their current proliferation on a global scale is an expression of failed diplomacy in response to conflict, persecution, and migration.

The Wall between Mexico and the US is now deeply ensconced in the consciousness of communities...

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Dousing the Flames of Immigration Rhetoric with Facts

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 5:51 PM

The European Union confronts a massive crisis as migrants and refugees flood across its borders. Anti-immigrant sentiment has led Hungary to begin building a fence along its border with Serbia in order to keep migrants out. In response, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, reminded us...

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Is the U.S. Falling Behind Mexico? News From Ambos Nogales

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:49 AM

In the Mexican border town of Nogales, I sat finishing my lunch when Alma, a Sonoran friend who had been watching the diners, spoke quietly: "That's something you would never have seen a year ago -- Mexican men eating salads." It was, she explained, because of the rising awareness of...

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Building Connections (Not More Walls) Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 9:45 AM

As the immigration debate heats up in Washington, D.C., and around the country, various interest groups are lining up to make sure they get what they want from reform, whether it's more fences, protections for American workers, visas for qualified high-tech workers, or increased immigration quotas for specific nations.


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U.S. Senators Visit U.S.-Mexico Border: Guess What They Saw

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Four US Senators came to visit the Arizona border. Hosted by John McCain, Republican of Arizona, they were members of the so-called 'Gang of 8' -- a bipartisan group currently drafting proposals for comprehensive immigration reform.

During their visit, the senators reportedly witnessed a migrant trying to scale the...

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Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide (EXCERPT)

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:48 AM

There are no magic words to solve the problems of immigration in the US or drug-related violence in Mexico. Instead, I offer one incontrovertible conclusion regarding the borderlands: the Wall will not work.
Here's why.

Because the Border Has Long Been a Place of Connection

The borderline is a...

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