This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Operation Walls And Mirrors Essay

2833 words - 12 pages

   Joseph Nevins, a professor of Geography at Vassar College. As a scholar,  he has focused on territorial boundaries as well as the social constructs that follow with a focus on the boundary of Mexico and the United States. His book, Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War on “Illegals” and the Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary clearly outlines the complex social structure surrounding the border and how that social structure is  affected by a number of other variables such as politics, economics, and crime to name a few. He offers a unique view point on a matter typically reserved for political scientists or historians, and this allows for his argument to be refreshing and insightful.
    David Gutierrez is a Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, Professor Gutierrez specializes in Chicano history and immigration history as well as politics in the United States over the course of the 20th century. His book, Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity are similar to  book in that it is certainly refreshing, but it is written from the viewpoint of a historian, so it offers a more historical background of the border with less of a focus on the social constructs and more of a focus on the history of border changes that occurred over time through the lens of social and political events.   
    Each novel covers virtually the same topic but with differing viewpoints in the same way that two people can witness a car crash from different vantage points but ultimately end up with the same breakdown of events leading up to the crash. The comparison of the two books can offer a deeper understanding of the border as a whole and certainly a better rounded viewpoint of the Mexican-American border. Pivotal portions of information are provided by both the two books and further examined, assure a better understanding and better insight to what both men have to say. The important concepts are as follows: resources and status of America’s racial minorities, the concept of the third boarder, theories of minority groups in politics, Americans two dilemmas, political ideology, and the internal colonialism framework. These are all factors that will be discussed in the controversy circulating around the boundaries as well as the social constructs that follow the focus of the boundary of Mexico and the United States.

Nevins’ offers an argument based on the creation of the “illegal alien” and how that became the central focus of immigration issues as a whole. His argument constantly relates back to American policy and how that changed the structure of the border. His book title should indicate of just how policy driven his argument is as the title is the name of a law signed by the Clinton administration in 1994 that allocated funds from the National Government to state Border Patrols specifically aimed at the border in California. Gutierrez on the other hand, focuses on the...

Find Another Essay On Operation Walls and Mirrors

French Revolution Essay

571 words - 2 pages The economy was a major cause of the Revolution. Such things as extravagant nobles, bad harvesting, and starvation effected the decrease in money. Louis XVI lived in the Palace of Versailles. Billions of dollars were spent to make this. Just the Hall of Mirrors alone symbolizes the lifestyle of the French nobility. This hall was covered from one end to another in mirrors (hence the name "Hall of Mirrors") and the walls were painted with

The Ends and Outs of Starting a Boutique

821 words - 4 pages customers to draw their attention to the bright blue wall in the back that has the shoes display. Also, the chrome black goes along with the boutique’s brand image of being classic and elegant. The color white for the wall by the cash registers was chosen to add brightness to the room since there are two black walls along the sides. Then the floor is marble white chrome to create an elegant feel for the middle to middle upper class target market

Upper Class Victorian Homes

603 words - 2 pages home. According to the Bytown Museum, "A lack of clutter was to be considered "in bad taste." Consequently, the parlours and hallways were often littered with any number of pictures, mirrors, tables, bookcases, etc. The walls were decorated with as many pictures and mirrors as it could hold. Mahogany was often a staple in the upper class homes, other fineries included velvet, leather, and satin. There was also an abundance of color and wallpaper

my house

392 words - 2 pages large display case with pictures, books, and many memories of friends and family. And I mustn't forget about the enormous window that, during the day, will let as much sunlight and energy in the room as it possibly can.My sister's room is just as colorful if not more. The walls are purple and there are crazy chalk drawings on some of them. Her room is also decorated with strange little trinkets like little wooden boxes, incense burners, and her own

An Ideal Home Topic: Creative Writing

561 words - 2 pages walls. Indentations are small dents deliberately hammered. These indentations give a 3-dimensional effect and are able to send its looker into a perpetual trance, abolishing his worries and apprehensiveness.Besides having plants to aerate the home, we need ample amount of natural light and even uplifting sounds. By placing mirrors on the corners of our walls, we will be able to envisage more natural light. This clear light nullifies the dimness

Euclid and Archimedes

1036 words - 5 pages are the “Death Ray” and what people like to call “Archimedes’ Claw.” The Death Ray was a weapon that used mirrors and the Sun. Aligning the mirrors into certain angles allows many of the Sun’s rays to be focused onto on point. Archimedes used big mirrors in his invention to burn the Roman ships in Syracuse, Sicily. Archimedes’ Claw was another weapon used for the same purpose. A large metal hook balanced on a crane arm hung over the city walls


590 words - 2 pages come along way since the first corvette in 1953. It now has many options for how you want the exterior of your car to be. For example you can now choose if you want fog lamps, or/and body side moldings. Plus as a standard you get clear coat paint, corrosion proof body panels, halogen headlights, dual – electric - remote control- heated sport mirrors- for your mirrors, manual convertible top with heated, glass rear window, flush mounted glass, and

RCTO Training

1699 words - 7 pages Commercial Driver Training Program Lesson Plan SRSSD Classroom and Field Trainee Table of Contents Part I Classroom Introduction 3 Part II Yard Lesson 1: Pre-Trip: Yard 4 Part III Field Lesson 2: Field Demonstration 5 Lesson 3: Backing 6 Lesson 4: Turns 6 Lesson 5: Mirrors 7 Lesson 6: Seeing 9 Lesson 7: Yielding: 8 Lesson 8: Merging 9 Lesson 9

The Dance Studio, My Sanctuary

1236 words - 5 pages the floor much like the mirrors, lying in shards everywhere. No one had been here; I had managed to find that much out from the grounds keeper the next day. No one had entered through the boundaries of the walls since the builders had left on the same Sunday night that I had gone fleeing from that very same room. The enclosed space held some kind of secret, a secret I was meant to unravel, and unravel alone. This was exactly what I would achieve

The Importance of Solar Energy

1129 words - 5 pages oriented, designed, or constructed. Windows can allow the sun to heat and illuminate the room to replace electricity during the day. Heat-absorbing surfaces like dark walls can help collect heat to warm the home, while air vents are used spread the warm air around the house (Gale). All in all, passive energy is one of the two types of solar energy. Active energy is when solar power is turned into electricity using a technology called Solar Photovoltaic

Make Scents of Your Gift Basket with Refreshing Scented Jar Candles

693 words - 3 pages vintage vanity topped with elegant glass perfume bottles and ornate mirrors. With these items, you can style your bedroom to match one in your favorite film. If you’re more into rock and roll, grace your walls with vinyl records, vintage signs, ads, posters and photos. Choose complimentary colors in stripes, checks or polka dots. Your color scheme should include pink, teal, red, black and white. For some extra fun, place some retro menus and

Similar Essays

Chinese Art Essay

2093 words - 8 pages Essay Circles of Reflection The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors By James McRae I was looking for building 125 east 65th street, hoping that I would soon find any building looking like a museum. Finally, I came upon a building that looks like a rich brownstone in mid-Manhattan. I checked the address to make sure that my eyes were seeing correctly, and for sure, it was the correct place.I had to walk up a small flight of stairs

Summer Essay

253 words - 2 pages go online for their latest interior. Beth Claybourn interiors slogan "reflections of you" kind of stand for your taste in furniture. It gives a feeling of luxury and high class.There is a chandelier orange and red diamond shape hanging from the top, with soft and comfortable pillow stuffed furniture. They also have gold mid-size rectangle mirrors hanging on the walls. What about them beautiful burgundy lamps that give the room more flavor. The

Visual Analysis

727 words - 3 pages aids furthermore to the feeling of solitude while the color of the room, which is a sterilized white, further evokes the already quarantined feeling. The white walls, even though common in a museum setting, seem even more pure in contrast with the white sand and the translucent mirrors. Therefore, when all viewed together, makes one feel very insignificant in comparison to this masterpiece. The concept of the mirrors not only adds visual interest

Jaipur Essay

606 words - 2 pages household to factilate viewing of royal procession and everyday life, in privacy. The Hawa Mahal is akin to a honeycomb with small windows! The wonders of Jaipur never seem to cease. One look at the Amber fort and you too will agree. It becomes quite difficult to decide whether the fort or its reflection in the Maotha Lake is more beautiful. The Amber fort is famous for its hall of mirrors, known as Sheesh Mahal, where the walls and the ceiling of the