The Migrant Border Crossing Study: A Methodological Overview of Research Along the Sonora–Arizona Border

Population Studies, Volume 71, Issue 2, 2017

Posted: 20 Sep 2017

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Daniel Martinez

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology

Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso

Kraig Beyerlein

University of Notre Dame

Prescott Vandervoet

University of Arizona

Kristin Klingman

University of Arizona

Paola Molina

OMNI Institute

Shiras Manning

University of Arizona

Melissa Burham

University of Arizona

Kylie Walzak

Living Streets Alliance

Kristen Valencia

University of New Mexico

Lorenzo Gamboa

Santa Clara University

Date Written: April 13, 2017

Abstract

Increased border enforcement efforts have redistributed unauthorized Mexican migration to the United States (US) away from traditional points of crossing, such as San Diego and El Paso, and into more remote areas along the US–Mexico border, including southern Arizona. Yet relatively little quantitative scholarly work exists examining Mexican migrants’ crossing, apprehension, and repatriation experiences in southern Arizona. We contend that if scholars truly want to understand the experiences of unauthorized migrants in transit, such migrants should be interviewed either at the border after being removed from the US, or during their trajectories across the border, or both. This paper provides a methodological overview of the Migrant Border Crossing Study (MBCS), a unique data source on Mexican migrants who attempted an unauthorized crossing along the Sonora–Arizona border, were apprehended, and repatriated to Nogales, Sonora in 2007–09. We also discuss substantive and theoretical contributions of the MBCS.

Keywords: Unauthorized Migration, Border Enforcement, Migration, Border Crossing, Survey Methodology, US-Mexico Border

Suggested Citation

Martinez, Daniel and Slack, Jeremy and Beyerlein, Kraig and Vandervoet, Prescott and Klingman, Kristin and Molina, Paola and Manning, Shiras and Burham, Melissa and Walzak, Kylie and Valencia, Kristen and Gamboa, Lorenzo, The Migrant Border Crossing Study: A Methodological Overview of Research Along the Sonora–Arizona Border (April 13, 2017). Population Studies, Volume 71, Issue 2, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952559

Daniel Martinez (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

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Kraig Beyerlein

University of Notre Dame ( email )

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Prescott Vandervoet

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Kristin Klingman

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Paola Molina

OMNI Institute ( email )

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United States

Shiras Manning

University of Arizona

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Melissa Burham

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Kylie Walzak

Living Streets Alliance ( email )

P.O. Box 2641
Tucson, AZ 85702
United States

Kristen Valencia

University of New Mexico

107 Humanitites Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221
United States

Lorenzo Gamboa

Santa Clara University ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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