1492: Europeans arrive in North America and begin to colonize.
“Nationalists have always needed strong frontier control and story-faced sentinels because identities are much more fragmented and over-lapping than their fantasies or historical reconstructions allow. For the purenationalist a process of ethno-genesis has taken place (often in the prehistoric past and with divine or biblical sanction). In this reconstruction, a particular ‘rare’ is meant to inhabit a particular space, to the exclusion of all others” ~ Robin Cohen
1519: Hernán Cortés arrives in present-day Mexico and launches a bloody campaign of conquest and colonization.
"To be sure, the popular media exaggerate the number of undocumented and irregular migrants, which is rarely compereable with the number of tourists and other migrants who are allowed entry because of family links or common descent, or who come in on permits, visas or work programmes." ~ Robin Cohen
The Marshall Project
1845: The United States annexes Texas.
"Many political elites have largely abandoned social interventions in the cynical belief that the poor will always be with us, criminal conduct and corruption are (to a degree) acceptable, certain minority groups are uneducable and immigrants are not dissolvable - either in melting pot or any other receptacles. For such elites, social relations have been reduced to reified commodities - to be bought and sold, like everything else, in the marketplace” ~ Robin Cohen
1846-1848: Mexican-American War, Guerra de Estados Unidos a Mexico, Mexican War, Spanish Guerra de 1847.
The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
2010: Indigenous activists occupy Davis-Mothan Airforce Base Border Patrol headquarters to protest Arizona SB 1070.
SEARCH: Border Imperialism
Political bids for increased Border Patrol funding frequently aligns with elections in places like Texas.